St. Cloud Church Looks to Help Hurricane Victims Clean Up
ST. CLOUD -- One of the hardest things to do after natural disasters is cleaning up, and a local church is doing what it can to help those hit by the recent hurricanes.
First Presbyterian Church of St. Cloud is gathering buckets of cleaning supplies to send down to the victims of Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Mark Giese is the Director of Youth and Campus Ministry, he says they're a local part of a larger relief effort.
"One of the arms of the National Presbyterian Church USA is specifically for missions or service. It's called Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and its function is to respond when disasters occur."
Giese adds, their contribution to the larger effort started off small, until they got an effort from Brenny Transportation.
"It was offered to us the use of a truck and even though we didn't know how many we were going to make .They said it didn't really matter, if it's a few pallets we'll [Brenny] take care of it, if it's a whole truckload we'll take care of it."
Giese says the original goal was 75 to 100 buckets of cleaning supplies. They've increased to around 800 buckets, hopefully filling an entire truck.
The most basic cleaning supplies - trash bags, sponges, soaps and more - are all being requested. For a full list of supplies, you can download the list here.
If you'd like to donate by check, write it out to First Presbyterian Church and put "Hurricane Bucket" in the memo line. Send cash or checks to the church at 340 5th Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301.