The Centerville Square will see an addition to it’s Christmas decorations this year as local citizens and churches have come together to raise money to add a life-size Nativity scene to the annual Christmas display.

In an e-mail to the Daily Iowegian, Dr. Brad McConville said that he had been working on behalf of a large group of Appanoose County pastors and church leaders to fundraise for the idea. McConville said the city and county had approved of the addition already.

“We love all the Christmas decorations around town but want to remind people whose birthday it is that is being celebrated,” said McConville.

According to McConville, the Nativity will be similar in size to the one that is displayed on the Albia Square. McConville said the 14-piece set has already been purchased. It is a full color set and will be coming from New York sometime in the spring. The largest piece will be the angel at 79 inches tall.

“We have been seeking help from local congregations through their pastors and ministers,” said McConville. “Along with the hospital and area medical people so far in fundraising.”

McConville said the cost of the set is around $11,000. It will be transported by ship from the Philippines to Amsterdam, New York and then trucked to Iowa. McConville said there will be additional costs due to the shipping. The group also wants to build a small stable and manger with some lighting for the display and to put up some security cameras which will also add some costs.

McConville said the initial $11,000 has either already been raised or promised from various churches, businesses and individuals.

“I just appreciate all the support that we’ve gotten from people and the positive comments that we’ve received,” said McConville.

Donations for the project can be directed to the Chamber of Commerce.

Krystal Fowler can be reached at kfowler@dailyiowegian.com or by calling (641) 856-6336.​ Follow her on Twitter @KFowler_Daily.

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