(WFXR) — From Southside to central Virginia, nonprofit organizations are turning to community members to support their disaster relief efforts following the deadly flooding in eastern Kentucky.
The chief operating officer of God’s Pit Crew, Brandon Nuckles, says the team that was in Buchanan County following the devastating flooding from mid-July didn’t get back home until Saturday, July 30.
However, the Danville-based volunteer crisis response team has already sent four tractor-trailer loads of supplies and Blessing Buckets to the flood zones in Kentucky.
“It is just absolutely devastating. It’s really hurt this community, the people there are in need,” Nuckles said. “It’s not something that we need to forget about quickly, but something that’s going to take some time to go in and help and recover, and they’re gonna need a lot of different products coming in there right now to start with.”
Nuckles says Blessing Buckets have enough supplies to sustain a family who has lost everything. In addition, the nonprofit makes the buckets all year round so they are ready for use when a disaster strikes.
“It’s a five-gallon bucket filled with 26 items you would need if you were displaced from your home, things like water, food, hygiene products, paper products, and they are all topped off with a Bible and a word of encouragement from the person who sponsored that bucket for $35,” said Nuckles.
With all the disasters God’s Pit Crew has responded to this year, the nonprofit is running low on Blessing Buckets and is asking the community to help.
Nuckles says you can sponsor an entire bucket for $35, but you can also bring in individual supplies like non-perishable food, hygiene products, and paper products. For more details, visit God’s Pit Crew’s website.
Over in central Virginia, Gleaning for the World is hosting collection events for Kentucky flooding victims from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 5 at the Sam’s Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg.
“Our hearts go out to the good folks in eastern Kentucky who have experienced great losses because of this flooding,” Michael Justice, Gleaning’s director of donor relations, said. “Our mission is to share God’s love with those who are in need, and that’s why we host collections and send supplies to victims of these natural disasters. We also believe in times like this, people generally want to help. Gleaning provides that opportunity. We are believing that once again, our supporters will band together to provide exactly what the folks in Kentucky need right now.”
During this week’s collection events, community members are asked to donate public to donate brand new, unused, unopened nonperishable foods; shelter supplies, like paper kitchen products, can openers, toilet paper, and paper towels; personal hygiene items; adult diapers; feminine care products; baby care items and diapers; cleanup items, such as gloves, trash bags, and rakes; and pet foods and pet supplies.
If you cannot donate supplies, you are encouraged to drop off cash or a check during the collection; make a donation on the organization’s website or by calling 434-993-3600; or send a check to the following address:
PO Box 645
Concord, VA 24538
You can also drop off supplies and financial donations at Gleaning for the World’s site at 7539 Stage Road in Concord.
Note: This story previously spelled Brandon Nuckles’ name as Brandon Knuckles. It has since been corrected.