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1-9-13 Unique Mission for Adventist Community Services
Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) volunteers have once again responded to the call for help. On December 14, the world was shocked by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES). The emotions following this event resulted in an overwhelming response. Individuals around the globe are performing acts of kindness and hundreds of thousands of donated Teddy bears, toys, and school supplies have poured into Newtown Conn.
Tom McQuarrie, ACS DR Coordinator for Connecticut and Rhode Island, was asked by Newtown officials to manage the donations that began piling up all over town. Warehouse space was identified and Tom along with his team of ACS volunteers are coordinating hundreds of volunteers who are sorting, counting, labeling, and boxing these gifts to support all of the children in Newtown. During the event, a SHES teacher gave stuffed animals from her classroom to students to hug as they hid and then evacuated. As students have returned to school, they continue to receive comfort in the classroom by Teddy bears and stuffed animals that have been replaced from the warehouse by ACS volunteers.
ACS DR volunteers also continue to process millions of dollars’ worth of donated goods in warehouses located in New York and New Jersey in response to Superstorm Sandy. Please consider becoming a trained ACS volunteer or financially supporting ACS Disaster Response as they make a difference in lives across the country. For more information go to www.communityservices.org or call 301-680-6438.
Reported by Charlene Sargent
Adventist Community Services