Charities preparing for Hurricane Harvey

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As Hurricane Harvey moves closer to the United States, volunteers in Central and Southwest Virginia are getting ready to help those in the storm’s path.

Non-profit organizations like God’s Pit Crew are getting supplies together to provide relief in case the storm’s aftermath is devastating.

“We’ve been to Sandy and Rita and Katrina and Ike,” said Randy Johnson, founder and director of God’s Pit Crew.

Photos line the walls of God’s Pit Crew’s headquarters in Danville. Some show volunteers rebuilding and bringing hope to communities hit hard by hurricanes.

“We just try to make the best decisions we can, be as ready and prepared as we can and to go as quickly as we possibly can,” Johnson said.

God’s Pit Crew has responded to nearly 100 disasters, Johnson said. Once they get the call, they’ll reach out to all of their 350 volunteers and hit the road, he explained.

Volunteers have filled blessing buckets with food, water and personal hygiene products. They’ve got about 3,000 blessing buckets ready in case they need to respond to the hurricane, Johnson said. 

“The ground’s just wet already; we really don’t need a big influx of water coming in, so that’s the greatest concern,” said Michael Newcomb, a pastor in Louisiana who serves on the board of directors for God’s Pit Crew.

Newcomb been keeping the team in Danville updated about expected conditions. But crews will make a final decision to leave once the storm passes, Johnson said.

“It’s really devastating but very rewarding to be able to take people from here in Southside Virginia and go down and deliver hope to those people who end up being affected by these catastrophic events,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he expects to know if they’re needed by Saturday afternoon.

Monetary donations are most in need, Johnson said. If you would like to donate to God’s Pit Crew, click here.

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