Local residents helping hurricane victims

October 22, 2018

Fort Wayne residents are banding together to aid relief efforts for areas hit by Hurricane Michael.

At The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road, a 53-foot semitrailer is being filled with donations being collected from seven Fort Wayne churches and YMCAs for transport Thursday to the Florida panhandle.

And, Chad Rice, owner of  CT Promotions LLC, Fort Wayne is organizing area residents and small businesses to contribute items identified as needed by Panama City’s emergency management agency to be transported to the Florida community Nov. 10.

Senior Pastor Rick Hawks of The Chapel said the southwest Allen County church has assisted in previous disasters, including a smaller-scale effort to North Carolina after Hurricane Florence and last year after Hurricane Harvey.

Besides the truck on the church’s parking lot, the following churches are participating as drop-offs : Blackhawk Ministries at  7400 E. State Blvd., Brookside Church at 6102 Evard Road, New Covenant Community Church, 3420 E. Paulding Road and Wallen Baptist Church at 1001 W. Wallen Road. 

Emmanuel Community Church, 12222 W. Jefferson Blvd., is also participating, but leaders ask donors to use The Chapel for drop-off.

Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brookside and Wallen Baptist churches and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Covenant. Material can be dropped off at The Chapel trailer at any time, Hawks said.

Rice said the main Fort Wayne drop-off point for the Hurricane Michael Relief Drive is at Century 21 Bradley Realty office at 2928 E. Dupont Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2.