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More than 5,000 “Buckets of Hope” for Haiti collected in Danville

500-plus Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia churches gather enough food supplies to feed more than 5,000 Haitian families in need.

DANVILLE, March 12, 2010 — Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) organizers of the "Buckets of Hope" initiative for Haiti relief estimate that almost 6,000 food buckets will be shipped to Port-au-Prince to help combat hunger in the earthquake-devastated country. This is part of a larger nationwide Southern Baptist effort that has collected about 150,000 food buckets.

Under “Buckets of Hope,” which was launched in January, SBCV church members purchased five-gallon plastic buckets and packed them with specific required foodstuffs for $30 each.  

The food in a single bucket can feed a Haitian family for a week.  SBCV families also included a $10 cash contribution per bucket to help with the cost of shipping the buckets to Haiti.

Wal-mart, the world's largest retailer, also supported the project by encouraging individual store managers to cooperate with Southern Baptists who came in to buy buckets and items to go in them.

Churches delivered the buckets collected from their members at specific regional drop-off locations March 5 – 6. Those “Buckets of Hope” will now be delivered at God’s Pit Crew in Danville from 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday, March 12.  The address is 2499 North Main Street, Danville, VA 24540. Members of God’s Pit Crew will drive the SBCV buckets to their final U.S. stop in Hialeah, Florida, where they will be combined with other Baptist state convention buckets for placement in cargo containers.  The buckets will be shipped to Haiti by the end of March.   Each of the buckets will include a label in French Creole stating that the “Bucket of Hope” is a gift of Christian love and support from Southern Baptists. Once the buckets arrive in Haiti, they will be distributed by Haitian Baptist churches.