I have confirmation of why the leaders of Pickens County in 1927 erected a memorial statue on the courthouse lawn of a woman working on knitting needed items. This was and is a very unusual monument. Few other courthouse lawns have similar monuments. THE WOMEN OF PICKENS COUNTY ARE WORKERS AND KNOW HOW TO GET IMPORTANT THINGS DONE. Today we have honored one such woman, Gaye Pate, at a memorial service. Several are working through donations coming in here.
We have received many donations from several sources which the women of Pickens County have been sorting by size and packaging to send along to victims of the April Tornadoes. Presently, we are targeting three rural communities:
- Geiger—the mayor and Mt. Calvary, along with Bob Little are our contact persons who are letting us know what is needed and who are getting stuff to those in need in that community. This morning we sent some stuffed animals from West End down, along with some personal care items, cleaning materials and first aid supplies.
- Forkland-Tishabee—we are working with New Friendship and Christian Valley with Bob Little being our contact person. He will be bringing a list of needs to breakfast tomorrow. We will send the needed supplies down later in the week.
- Sipsey—Mt Pleasant has been leading our response to the needs of that community and that church, along with Highland, has been working up there, providing food and lots of love. We are committed to work through these churches to supply resources to that community. They can do followup work related to salvation and discipleship.
Our Arbor Springs Church is helping the Boley Springs community in Fayette. We will provide some supplies from what we have collected to support that effort..
Friendship Church is working with Chapel Hill and with Hackleburg. They have some teams coming in May 15 and could use help with
Carrollton and Reform First have been working with Rosedale in Tuscaloosa.
Stansel has teamed with Five Points to deliver supplies.
Our Disaster Relief Team has worked around Reform and will go to Zion next week. Gordo First has worked in Zion and elsewhere. Aliceville First has also worked in Zion. (I am sure that there are other efforts that should be included here. Let me know so that they can be.)
Terry Billings is keeping frozen food at his processing plant. He is taking some of this to Sawyerville. He is willing to slaughter beef for the folk who need food. He also shared that he would also keep and distribute frozen vegetables. We may share some of the items coming to the PBA with Sawyerville.
I am hearing that there is a great need for cleaning supplies. We have received materials Emmanuel, Calvary, West End, New Salem, St. Johns, Shady Grove and other churches. We have also gotten some cash and checks.
I see this as a several month ministry with the focus changing as recovery happens. Also, we are already having “refugees” from Tuscaloosa and elsewhere resettle, at least temporarily in Pickens County. We will be called upon to help them with items from the Baptist Center.