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Reverend Terri Hill

So many Hurricanes have affected my life: Andrew, Charley, David, Donna, Erin, Floyd, Frances, Gordon, Jeanne, Katrina, and now most definitely IRMA! John and I made the decision late on Friday to evacuate to our son's house in Sebastian Florida. We came back on Friday September 15 with a truck full of supplies and unloaded at the church. From the 15th to the 30th of September we welcomed over 3,000 people into Jones Hall to pick up food, water and supplies.

The donations came from UMCOR, United Methodists in Melbourne, Naples, Ft. Lauderdale, Jupiter Tequesta, Vero Beach, Kendall, and others. The donations came from companies and organizations. Some of the most heartwarming donations came from locals who returned with a trunk full of supplies they picked up on the way home so they could share.

Glad Tidings Church here in Key West sent truckloads of extra supplies to us when their building was full to overflowing. Other churches as far away as Massachusetts sent water, food, diapers, cleaning supplies and lots of other needed items.

Welcoming our neighbors in need was an eye opening experience. People who used to live on their boats lost everything when their boats sunk. People who work hourly jobs went weeks with no paycheck and were hungry. The stores opened back up but that didn't help those who had no money to go to the store. People who had never "asked for charity" were humbly receiving whatever we had to share. Other people who rely on food banks and donations were especially in need.

"God bless you!" "Thank you!" "Thank you so much!" "I don't know what I would have done without you!" Please know how much our church was used by God to bless a lot of people!

Love & Prayers,
Terri Hill
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