Paying It Forward

In 2020, a deadly tornado hit Seneca, South Carolina. Two-and-a-half years later, a group from First Presbyterian Church of Seneca is paying it forward. Last week, a work team gathered at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, where PDA and Church World Service support their Disaster Assistance Center, to help process Gift of the Heart kits.

They were able to complete the following:

  • Inspect or assemble 946 hygiene kits, 1,080 school kits, 85 emergency cleanup buckets, and 40 welcome backpacks
  • Inspect 43 period packs, a brand new type of kit
  • Organize 2,000+ pounds of kit supplies in the Disaster Assistance Center warehouse

Though their trip had been scheduled for months, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. While they were staying at Ferncliff, they received a request from our Floridian siblings in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. 1,500 emergency cleanup buckets, 1,500 hygiene kits, 1,500 tubes of toothpaste and 36 period packs were shipped to Arcadia, FL, totaling 30,137 pounds of kits and supplies.

Are you interested in putting together Gift of the Heart Kits? Click here for more information on how you can participate. Want to help out but don’t have the time? Consider designating a gift to the PDA Designated Fund for Gift of the Heart Kits.

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