A 48-foot tractor-trailer stocked to the brim with supplies for Hurricane Irma relief left Ball Play early Thursday, bound for Miami.
The supplies were gathered by the members of Union No. 3 Baptist Church, with an assist from other churches both locally and across the state.
The Rev. Joey Hanner, pastor of Union No. 3, was behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer, and was joined by his grandson, Eli Tuiolosega, and Union No. 3’s middle school pastor, Steven Moody, on the trip.
Hanner said the church had begun gathering supplies for Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas, but changed directions after hearing from the Rev. Derek Allen, pastor of Christ Fellowship Church of North Miami.
“He’s from this area (native of Attalla, attended Sardis High School and worked at the Etowah Baptist Association),” Hanner said. “We reached out to him, and these will be some of the first supplies they get down there.”
The church put together a list of needed items — bottled water, feminine products, diapers, toiletries, nonperishable food, cleaning products and new blankets — and posted it on its Facebook page, along with a video plea from Hanner.
Those items were gathered at the church’s warehouse. “Most of it came in over the last four days,” Hanner said. “People just started bringing stuff in.”
Bellevue Baptist Church in Gadsden and Cross Creek Community Church in Hokes Bluff also brought supplies for the effort, as did Hepzibah Baptist Church near Tuscaloosa.
“We had a full trailer load,” Hanner said. “We couldn’t have loaded another pallet.”
Hanner’s family owns a trucking company, which provided the…
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