Pastor Michael Willard, Sr. Pastor at Cornerstone Covenant Church took to social media last Tuesday to ask church members to join them in their efforts to assist in hurricane relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area by bringing a few items to their church located at 706 E. 12th St. Since then, his Facebook video has gotten 1,400 views but what’s even more impressive is the amount of support that has come from the community. Pastor Willard explained that the overwhelming response resulted in an updated plan of action.
Originally, they had planned to take a 5x8 trailer with supplies on it to the affected area, but that trailer grew to a 10 ft trailer, and eventually turned into a 60 ft trailer that was donated by a church member who owns his own company and also offered a professional driver to haul it where it was needed.
“We don’t want to delay our response, but we have because we were waiting on the conditions on the ground in the Houston area to change. When we started this last Tuesday, they were really not giving a whole lot of people a lot of clearance, simply because it wasn’t safe. Now that the water has rescinded, it looks like maybe in a week or so we’ll be able to get those items down there,” said Pastor Willard.
Pastor Willard stated that the Cornerstone Covenant Church is not accepting monetary donations and only items will be accepted in person. The items that are being requested are coming directly from a list that was provided by those who are in the affected areas. Some of the main items are: baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, women hygiene products, underwear of all sizes, water, and non-perishable food. Items can be dropped off inside the church Monday through Thursday from 8 AM until 5 PM. You can also drop off items at the front door under the gable anytime during Friday and Saturday and someone will secure those items, or you can your donation inside the church lobby during worship service hours.
They are currently planning to send supplies collected by September 15th.