Thousands of God's Pit Crew blessing buckets ready for hurricane victims
As Florida braces for hurricane Irma, God's Pit Crew in Danville is already working around the clock to be ready to help them.
"Everybody just wants a chance to help," God's Pit Crew volunteer Kathryn Davis said.
A Blessing Bucket could mean the world to a person who lost it all.
"The buckets are very carefully placed and very thought out product of what somebody might need right away," Blessing Bucket Coordinator Julie Burnett said.
Nearly 400 people devoted their Saturday to volunteer at God's Pit Crew to make each bucket come to life.
"Over half of them are first time volunteers for God's Pit Crew and we're just excited to see them come and wanna help us," Burnett said. "A lot of them of them came in carrying armloads of donated product that they brought themselves to be a part of this."
Each volunteer at God's Pit Crew packed the Blessing Buckets with love, care and everyday essentials for victims in Texas and Florida.
"Each group packs something and we're told to pack 'em neatly because we want to show that we cared enough to put them in right and not just throw it all together," Davis said.
Burnett said they made around 3,500 Blessing Buckets filled with water, ready-to-eat foods, towels and even bibles.
God's Pit Crew has already sent 27 truckloads of supplies, including 7,000 blessing buckets into Texas, and four truckloads to Florida so far, ahead of Irma.
Burnett said the buckets made on Saturday will be shipping out this week.
"I just feel sorry for the people who are in the hurricane and for the people who got their homes destroyed and everything that they lost," God's Pit Crew volunteer Braelyn Wilson said.
God's Pit Crew plans to have another Blessing Bucket assembly day within the next week or two.
"It's amazing how such a small little item as a five gallon bucket can impact somebody's life so much," Burnett said.
Susan Hineman and other members of Effort Baptist Church in the Charlottesville area traveled to Danville to donate items to God's Pit Crew.
"The sad part of it is you know things like this happen, but in it this is the beauty of it that people really do love each other and we don't get to hear enough of that," Hineman said.
God's Pit Crew is in need of items to make more Blessing Buckets.
Here is a list of items they are looking for:
- Cans of pop-top, ready-to-eat foods
- packs of Nabs/Crackers
- Utensil packs
- Notes/items of encouragement
- Feminine products
- Bath towels/wash cloths
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Disinfectant wipes
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
For more information on Blessing Buckets, you can head to God's Pit Crew's website.