Oakwood church collecting shovels and hygiene products for Florence victims

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Local churches across the Miami Valley continue to offer aid to the victims of hurricane Florence.

Concordia Lutheran in Oakwood will hold a supply drive on Saturday and Sunday.

The church is looking for hygiene products, but there’s a new and more urgent request coming out of South Carolina: shovels and gloves. 

Concordia Lutheran is partnering with Matthew 25 ministries, based in Cincinnati. 

Matthew 25 has come to the aid of several communities impacted by natural disasters. 

“We hauled last time for Harvey, almost 3 tons of supplies. Water, bottled water and other provisions to Matthew 25,” said Dennis Gray, a member of Concordia Lutheran Church.

Locally, Concordia Lutheran recently raised $500 that will soon be heading to the Carolina’s. 

But the job doesn’t stop there. Coastal Carolina needs money AND manpower.

“If you are familiar with horse stables, they are going to have to muck buildings out in order to clean them up. All of us have experienced snow here and after some big snows, it gets really hard to find a shovel. Imagine how hard it is to find a good shovel in Coastal Carolina right now,” said Gray. 

It’s important to note, rounded shovels will not be much help. ‘Coal’ shovels and square shovels will get the job done. 

Concordia Lutheran is located at the corner of Peach Orchard and Hathaway in Oakwood. 

They will be in the back parking lot Saturday from 9am to noon and Sunday from 8-11am.

“We feel a call. A call to help each other out. Because it’s really how it works best. When people help each other out. We don’t have to wait for the government. We can do it much quicker and more efficiently,” said Gray. 

The church plans to write messages of hope with sharpie on the shovels they deliver. 

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