132,000 Haiti ‘Buckets of Hope’ collected
    March 30 2010 by Mickey Noah, Baptist Press

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Johnny Hudgens is one of thousands of Southern Baptists who have become involved in the “Buckets of Hope” project that has resulted in more than 132,000 buckets of food to feed earthquake victims in Haiti.

    Hudgens works the night shift as a grill cook at the local Jack-in-the-Box restaurant. But he does not have a car, so he walks everywhere, including his faithful mile walk to Cornerstone Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas.

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    Each bucket contained staple items to help people in Haiti.

    “Today, Johnny made that mile-long walk carrying a 30-pound, food-filled bucket,” said his pastor, Paul D. Carter. Johnny had heard Carter speak from the pulpit about the need for buckets filled with rice, beans, peanut butter, flour and other food items designed to feed a typical Haitian family of 10 for a week.

    “He said his arms were hurting by the time he got to the church, but Johnny wanted to make sure his ‘family’ in Haiti got their food,” Carter said. Knowing that Hudgens works only about 30 hours a week at a minimum-wage job, Carter asked him what motivated him to fill a Bucket of Hope.

    “The Lord wanted me to help someone else who doesn’t have what I have. God doesn’t want me to be selfish,” Hudgens said.

    That spirit is rising up among Southern Baptists — in large churches and small churches alike — from California to Texas to Georgia, as thousands of Buckets of Hope continue to be collected at state convention receiving sites.

    From the collection warehouses in Jacksonville, Fla., and Shreveport, more than 132,000 Buckets of Hope will be shipped to Haiti in staggered shipments over several months.

    Other states collecting Buckets of Hope include Alabama, 8,300 buckets; California, 1,100; Florida, 30,000-plus; Illinois, 1,250; Indiana, 1,000; Iowa, 300; Kentucky, 15,000; Louisiana, 7,000; Michigan, 800; Mississippi, 4,000; New Mexico, 2,438; North Carolina, 12,000; Oklahoma, 2,650; South Carolina, 6,520; Tennessee, 14,000; and Texas, 9,250.
    3/30/2010 7:47:00 AM by Mickey Noah, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

Brent Hobbs
Great job by NC Baptists.
3/30/2010 3:59:55 PM

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