Danville Schools receive “emergency blessing buckets” for use in crisis situations

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Classrooms across Danville are now equipped with “emergency blessing buckets.” God’s Pit Crew donated hundreds of supply kits that can help in an active shooter situation.

The buckets contain things like first aid kits, water, and other essentials.

It’s part of a program that started with Westover Christian Academy this past spring and is now present throughout Danville Public Schools with more districts on the wait list.

A school shooter is a possibility that’s all too real for mom and teacher Amy Calvert.

“It’s a little scary, especially having kids in a school, to know that those things can happen,” said the Westover Christian Academy teacher.

Emergency blessing buckets are packed with supplies that can help if the worst happens.

“I think that’s wonderful,” she said, “because in those buckets are things from icing for diabetics in a hard situation to tourniquets if someone is seriously injured, and knowing that those can help lots of people is wonderful.”

Calvert says they’ve given her some peace of mind in her classroom.

“Because they’ll help keep our kids safe if we need it, and then I also have children in the school, so it’s going to help keep them safe, too.”

For 18 years, God’s Pit Crew has given supply buckets to disaster victims. Last year, they received a call from a school nurse in Noblesville, Indiana who went through a shooting.

“They were in lockdown for four hours,” said Julie Burnett, who manages the blessing buckets program for God’s Pit Crew. “They had a diabetic who almost died. They had minor injuries that they had no supplies to attend to.”

The Indiana nurse asked them to develop a supply bucket that could help meet emergency needs in a future shooting.

Together with EMS, nurses, and teachers like Amy, they chose essentials.

The buckets contain water, hand sanitizer, bandages of various sizes, gauze, abdominal sponges, medical scissors, a tourniquet, gloves, bottled water and cups, and more.

Grant funding allowed than 500 buckets to go into Danville Public Schools on Monday.

“It was very tearful for me,” said Burnett, “to think that this could mean that somebody could be hurt, then I had a teacher say to me, ‘let’s put a positive spin on this. Let’s say that if the buckets are ever used, they’re going to save a life.”

The next request for buckets has come from Martinsville City Schools.

The emergency blessing buckets cost about $40 to put together, which is a little more than their buckets for disaster victims. They are funded through grants and donations.

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