Will Deliver Donated Items to Hurricane Florence Survivors
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Reverend Joseph Hein, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) in Middletown will be journeying to Wilmington, North Carolina to personally deliver and help distribute the contents of a 54 foot trailerful of supplies his church is currently collecting for victims of Hurricane Florence. Reverend Hein and an army of volunteers from WPC’s Congregation are now rallying residents from Middletown and the surrounding area, asking them to donate badly needed supplies that will be delivered directly to Maple Grove Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, N.C. a ground zero touch down point for Florence which was further ravaged by the flooding that followed the storm. Cleanup and recovery is expected to last for months or possibly years. WPC has set up a 54-ft Trailer donated by Speed Global Services on its Great Lawn at 94 Tindall Road in Middletown. They began collecting donations on September 24th and are determined and hopeful to fill it completely over the next week. Donations can be dropped off between 7 am and 7 pm at a canopy-covered designated drop zone. Rev. Hein plans to accompany the trailer when it heads south sometime during the week of October 8th where he’s been invited to stay with Elders from the Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church to help with the distribution operation.
According to Rev. Hein, “I think it will be good for us to have a personal presence there on part of the church…to assure the people they are not alone and we are there to support them every way we can: spiritually , financially, materially,” Hein says. “We’ve shared their experience when Sandy hit here, and we want the people there to know we love them and want to support them.”
Coincidentally, David D’Arcy, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church has just returned from the very same area Reverend Hein will be heading down to. D’Arcy is a member of the NJ Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Response Team. The team was deployed right before Florence hit
hit and spent two intense weeks after literally rescuing people and their pets and even livestock from rooftops and other flooded areas around Wilmington. D’Arcy knows first hand how badly that area was affected and how much they can use the both the supplies and emotional support the church is offering.
Another Westminster church member, Jim Davis, is the Coordinator and driving force behind WPC’s Hurricane Relief Projects. It all started last year when he offered to put his company’s largest equipment trailer on the WPC Great Lawn with a large sign asking the community to provide relief supplies for victims of Irma and Harvey. That response was so overwhelming according to Rev. Hein, the church immediately launched a new drive as soon as Florence made landfall.
The items most needed at this time in the Carolinas are: Mold killing disinfectant, mops, brooms, shovels, dust masks, large trash bags, work gloves and pet food. Baby needs like diapers, wipes, bottles and formula are also high on the list.
Reverend Hein is asking the surrounding community to fully support the effort as they did last year. “People here know first-hand what it’s like to have their lives shattered by a storm and hopefully will give whatever they can to help us fill this trailer for Florence victims.”
For additional information and regular updates about the WPC Care4Carolinas Project visit the church’s web site at https://www.wpcmiddletown.org/ or it’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ WPCMiddletownNJ/ .