On a hot, sunny day in late September, District Staff members, Roberta Eddy and Diana Hall embarked on a 400 mile, 9 hour trip to collect clean up kits at the churches in the Shawnee Valley District.
Thanks to the generosity of a local U-Hall Rental business, C&J Auto in Washington Court House, a 20-foot truck was rented at a discount price. The trek began at the District Office, where several churches had brought their completed kits. Then it was on to Waverly Grace, Resurrection Hope in Ironton, Cornerstone in Portsmouth, Winchester, Georgetown and Hillsboro. At those location, over 500 buckets were collected. The following morning, the kits were delivered to Northridge UMC in Springfield where they were loaded onto a semi-trailer for delivery to UMCOR's distribution center in Illinois and then on to hurricane survivors in Texas and Florida.
There is still a huge need for flood buckets. Another collection site is open at Rolling Plains UMC in Zanesville. These buckets will be delivered to UMCOR's distribution site in Pennsylvania. Keep collecting supplies - we can store the buckets at our office for future disasters, both locally and nationally.