A Greenville church has collected numerous supplies for the victims of Hurricane Michael.
Volunteers from Trinity Wesleyan Church are driving down to Florida with two trailers full of supplies. Two people drove a third trailer to the Panhandle from the church Saturday morning, according to church member Blake Owens.
The church began collecting supplies late last week, and dozens of people have dropped off donations of food, beverages, toiletries and clothes, Owens said.
Six volunteers are set to leave the church late Sunday night to make the 11-hour drive to the Panhandle with the two remaining trailers, Owens said. It’s the church’s first time helping with a long-distance relief effort, he added.
“We’ve done smaller things helping out in our local community, but we just felt called to go down there to Florida and really see what we could make an impact with,” Owens said.
One of the two remaining trailers was marked “full” as of Sunday afternoon.
Both church members and people from across the community have dropped off donations, Owens said. The church has also collected about $1,000 in monetary donations, he added.
“It’s completely random,” Owens said. “We’ve had people that we’ve never seen before stop by, saying, ‘Hey, I don’t know how to help, and I see you guys are doing something, so here’s what I have to offer.’ And then obviously the church has been very generous with helping us out.”
According to Wes Lynch, assistant pastor, the church has received donations from local businesses and more than 500 people.
“We had a guy from Dayton, Ohio drive a trailer up here and unload a case full of water,” Lynch said. “And we had people right here in the community of Greenville. We’ve had people from Indiana.”
Assistant Pastor Lynch said he wants to help give the victims of Hurricane Michael hope.
“We just want to bless somebody,” he said. “We want to encourage someone, and if that’s passing out a water or just giving them a smile, I say ‘Amen’ to that, and we truly just want to be Christ’s hands and feet in the state of Florida.”
The volunteers from the church are expected to stay in Florida until at least Wednesday to distribute supplies and help in any other way needed, Owens said.