Dear Mission Of Hope Friends;
I shared with you in recent days about the devastation caused by the recent storms in some of the areas we serve and some we serve nearby. I sent out e-mail and phone message appeals to several of the Ministry Centers we assist. I didn’t realize until Monday, that one of those extremely special Ministry’s was already responding to the urgent needs of those impacted.
On Tuesday morning, our dear friends from Blaine Church & Outreach in Blaine, KY (near the KY & West VA border) made the 5 hour trip to Knoxville for us to load their truck & trailer with anything we had that they could use to get into the hands of families which had lost everything. They began distributing those items yesterday.
After being in touch with the Staff at Alice Lloyd College, where we are blessed to have our Bill Williams Family Scholarship Endowment; we learned that several of the ALC students were from the counties that were hit the hardest. And several of them had found out that their family homes were totally destroyed. So yesterday, our dear MOH Friend Don Peek drove a MOH Truck to Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY loaded with more items like we sent out on Tuesday. And today, Alice Lloyd students & staff will take those items over to some of those devastated families. What a blessing and opportunity to serve this will be for them…To go and extend True Hope to some of their own.
There will be a great need for a long time for help and assistance in these storm ravaged communities. I have asked the staff at Alice Lloyd College to keep us informed of future needs for their students & Families. And I have also asked them to try and locate for us a family that we can send a cleanup and construction Volunteer Team too. They will follow up with me when they have more details. What a special way this would be for the Mission Of Hope to help students that are trying to get their college education and now just need some help for their family.
Thank you for your friendship and support and for all you do to help us extend True Hope.
Emmette Thompson, Executive Director – Mission Of Hope