The senior high youth at Alta United Methodist have learned how to be disciples of the church in their recent service project.
It was the kids that suggested they help out some of the youth who lost everything in the spring Parkersburg tornadoes and some of the youth who lost possessions in the Cedar Rapids floods.
Iowas summer project for the Alta youth. Not everyone was available to take part but those that could went door-to-door for three Wednesdays in a row to collect funds. The generous people of the community gave a total of $1,300.
The United Methodist church in Parkersburg was contacted and it was learned that there were 10 junior high youth in the church. It was decided by the youth that $50 Walmart cards be given to each of them out of the money collected.
St. James United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids was contacted as well. It was learned that the church, located two blocks from the river, also has an onsite church school where 31 children attend. The Alta youth decided to give $25 Walmart cards to each of those kids and a $25 card for the teacher to purchase classroom supplies.
The Alta kids were excited to help out and were later glad to learn that all of the cards had reached the kids who have lost so much in their lives. The gift cards allowed the youth to make their own purchases as they begin putting their shattered lives back together.
"A big thanks to the Alta community for their generous response for their relief needs in Parkersburg and Cedar Rapids," said Shelley Flaherty, youth group sponsor. "This community is awesome."
In addition, a group of church members were planning a trip to Cedar Rapids to help in the clean up efforts but due to a death of one of the church members, the trip was postponed. Because contacts had already been made, money collected from the congregation at Alta as well as Schaller and supplies were expected, Pastor Terry and Diana Pollard made a trip to Cedar Rapids in a pickup truck and a borrowed trailer from Mickelson Tire.
The congregations donated $500, enough money for the purchase of 85 flood buckets consisting of:
* 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
* Bleach (two 1-quart or one 82 oz. bottle. Do not include bleach if you are shipping the bucket through the US Postal Service, UPS or FedEx)
* 5 scouring pads
* 7 Sponges
* 1 scrub brush
* 18 cleaning towels (reusable wipes)
* Liquid laundry detergent
* 1 household cleaner
* Disinfectant dish soap
* 50 clothes pins
* Clothes line
* 5 dust masks
* 2 pair latex gloves
* 1 pair work gloves
* 24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon
* 1 Insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. can
* 1 Air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. can
Shovels were also taken as well as 24 cases of bottled water.
St. James United Methodist Church was the unloading spot for the water and Marion United Methodist Church is where the supplies were delivered.
The Pollards saw the devastation and took many photos to share with the youth and the congregations just who is benefitting. from their generosity.