BY MARY GARRISON
West Point residents are continuing to offer their support to Louisville tornado victims.
Members of the First United Methodist Church youth group are collecting bottled water for Louisville residents through Saturday. FUMC office manager Julie Gray said the youth group will accept cases, jugs or gallons of bottled water through Friday at the Bryan Youth Center of the church at 306 Westbrook St. in West Point. The initiative will culminate with a mass collection day from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in the Sunflower parking lot on Main Street.
"We started collecting Friday," Gray said. "We've been just telling people to drop (donations) off there under the garage and we'll take them inside. … We're borrowing a trailer from the Boy Scouts, and we'll have it parked out in the Sunflower parking lot Saturday. We're hoping to fill it up."
Gray said after speaking with the FUMC representative in Louisville, she learned the community remained under a boil water notice. Clean drinking water is still desperately needed, she said. Thus far, she said donations had been coming in steadily.
"We announced it in church Sunday, and we're hoping to get the word out so people know and can hopefully help contribute," Gray said. "… We've helped with disasters in years past. During Hurricane Katrina we took supplies to Ellisville. … We're part of the Starkville district, and this is in our district. We felt a real need to help."
The initiative serves as a useful teaching experience for youth group members, as well. Andrea Stevens, FUMC youth coordinator, said the church strives to involve youth group members — about 15-20 active in all who range from seventh- to 12th-graders — in various community outreach efforts. For this particular initiative, Stevens said the group would collect items through Saturday, then deliver the water Sunday to FUMC in Louisville for distribution.
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