Concord, VA - Gleaning for the World is gearing up to send a few truckloads to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tuesday, they were busy sorting products and making room for some of their shipments which are set to arrive Wednesday.
Directors say they will ship out 24 pallets of food. That is an entire truckload of non-perishables. Volunteers will be packing and sorting until about eight Wednesday night. Before all is said and done, upwards of a dozen truck loads could reach Louisiana before the close of the week.
"It could be as many as 10 to 12 depending on the strength of the storm," said Michael Justice, director of Gleaning Church Network.
Volunteers and employees are doing their best to assemble products quickly and get them to the people who really need it. We are talking basic household items.
"Water, food, blankets, cleaning supplies those are the things we're trying to assemble now working with some local congregations and some local merchants to try to get those products together," said Justice.
They are not wasting any time. The plan is to send the first truck on its way by Wednesday evening.
"We're very concerned of course with being a very low lying area in New Orleans," said Justice.
Gleaning supplied a great deal to our area during June's derecho, but they say they did not deplete their supplies. No matter what happens, they are always prepared.
"We've been doing it for a number of years and it's what we do. We make contacts with people that we know and try to come up with those types of products," said Justice.
Still, organizers need your help.
"We're always looking for volunteers to help here in the warehouse, we're looking for volunteers to help with collections like when we go to Sam's or Krogers," said Justice.
Get more information on how you can help on Gleaning's website.
They say they really need hydration beverages like water and Gatorade. They also plan to send pet food and toiletries.