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Winchester church collecting donations for tornado victims

By: Kari Hall Email
By: Kari Hall Email

Folks across the south continue to pick the up the pieces left behind from the April 27th tornado outbreak in Alabama. The state has learned that more federal assistance is on the way. The federal government will now cover 90 percent of the cost of operation clean sweep. As agencies step in to help clear the rubble, a Winchester church is pitching in to help.

After just a few hours of sending out the call to the community for donations, supplies came pouring in. Within a couple of days, Winchester First UMC is hoping to fill a whole big rig.

"We've already had an amazing response from the community already. Oliver Trucking has provided a semi truck and a driver free of charge. Walmart and Kroger, the local businesses have contacted me," says TeenFire Pastor at UMC, Derek Hickman.

Items needed most are cleaning supplies, toiletries, and non-perishable food. Even something as simple as a stuffed animal can provide a sense of comfort to a child who's lost everything.

"Anything you can think of. Put yourself in their shoes. Think of what you would need," says Hickman.

Water is one item not needed at this time. Truck loads have been delivered and are sitting on every corner of the disaster ravaged area.

"Charcoal, first aid items, that's a big one, septic wash, lotion, gloves," adds Hickman.

Once the donations are collected, a group from the church will make a personal delivery.

"We're taking a group of about 20 people. Teenagers and adults and we're going down. Our mission is to get supplies there first and foremost," says Hickman.

You can drop them off at the Winchester Plaza on Lexington Ave. near the Movies 9 theater from six to ten Wednesday or from ten to ten Thursday.

For a list of items needed go to www.teenfireonline.com

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