Filling a 53-foot semitrailer with donated blankets and cases of bottled water in one day might seem like an impossible task, but not for those who responded to Olivet Nazarene University’s request to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
On Monday, November 12, donors from campus and the surrounding area brought a total of 2,211 cases of bottled water and 1,357 blankets to the collection site. Other donations included a total of $1,500 and some canned food items.
“Seeing all the photos and news stories about the struggles people are having on the East Coast motivated me to volunteer today,” said Jose Cruz, a senior communication major in Olivet’s Honors Program. “I can’t go there to help them, but I can help from here in Bourbonnais. I’m also here to show our appreciation to the donors.”
More than 100 student, staff, and faculty volunteers worked at the donation site at various times throughout the day. They enthusiastically greeted donors and unloaded donations from vehicles. Temperatures hovered in the 30s for much of the day.
“I’m blessed by the excitement of the donors as they arrive and by the outpouring of generosity from our community,” said Bre Bambric, a junior majoring in social work.
One woman donated 25 baby sweaters that she knit. A church van from Indiana arrived with 35 fleece blankets made by the church youth group.
Kroger’s Bourbonnais store created a special display with pallets of water. After selling out of the initial 15 pallets, the store ordered eight more around midday and sold out of that supply as well. Store employees assisted volunteers from Olivet to make sure the cases of water were safely delivered to campus.
By sundown, all donations were safely packed into the trailer.
The loaded trailer is now on its way to New York City, where donations will be received and distributed from a warehouse in the Bronx area of New York City by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and Nazarene Disaster Response personnel.
“All of you are amazing,” said Chaplain Mark Holcomb at the end of the busy but rewarding day.
The Eastern Nazarene College community and area Nazarene churches donated $1,800 worth of supplies to Hurricane Sandy victims. ENC Chaplain Corey MacPherson will delivery these items to the Nazarene Disaster Relief warehouse in Bronx, New York City, on Wednesday.
For photos from the Nazarene Disaster Response and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ leaders recent visit the East Coast, visit the NCN News Facebook page.
How to Help
The Church of the Nazarene mobilized all of the remaining Crisis Care Kits in its warehouses. To learn how to contribute kits, visit ncm.org/cck.
To volunteer your time for relief efforts, visit serve.nazarene.org or call (800) 306-9950.
Persons and churches who wish to make a donation through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries can do so online here. To donate US$10, text “Hope” to 501501.
To make donations by mail, make checks payable to General Treasurer and send them to:
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
Be sure to put ACM1833 in the Memo area.
Make checks payable to Church of the Nazarene Canada and send them to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Road, Unit 9
Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3
Be sure to put ACM1833 in the memo area.