Students at Wall UMC are pictured with flood buckets created for hurricane survivors in North Carolina. Photo provided

Wall UMC Uses Connection to Help Hurricane Survivors

November 5, 2018 | | GNJ News, Next Generation Ministries, Disaster Response

WALL – When Hurricane Florence devastated the Carolinas, Wall UMC quickly reached out to Rev. Nicole Hamilton, formerly of their congregation who now pastors two United Methodist churches near the coast in North Carolina.

Within a week, the congregation of Wall UMC collected enough supplies to make 30 flood buckets containing items needed to clean up after the disaster such as dust masks, cleaning supplies, and laundry detergent with each bucket costing an average of $75. After the supplies were gathered, the youth group help put the buckets together. In addition to the buckets, baby formula and diapers were also donated.

“The young people saw an immediate need for help and were willing to donate time and funds,” stated Olivia Cowdrick, a Wall UMC Youth Advisor.

With the help of friends and family, Wall UMC Youth Advisor Penny Hamilton delivered the buckets to North Carolina on Oct. 6. The congregation utilized their connection to make a difference and continues to pray for those affected by the storm and for an efficient recovery process.