Special to the Register & Bee
God’s Pit Crew Blessing Buckets are known across the nation and around the world for providing storm victims with essential relief supplies after a disaster.
These life-sustaining buckets are assembled in a portion of the upper level of God’s Pit Crew’s 200,000 square-foot distribution center on North Main Street in Danville.
“Our Blessing Bucket program has grown from one small 30-foot assembly line in our lower distribution center to three permanent assembly lines that span over 80 feet each in length,” said Julie Burnett, Blessing Bucket program director for God’s Pit Crew.
Another part of the Blessing Bucket ministry that also has grown recently has been the number of volunteers that attend the Blessing Bucket assemblies.
“Blessing Bucket assemblies are a great way for people who have a heart to help others, to get involved with making a huge impact in the lives of people impacted by disasters,” Burnett said.
Burnett believes the success and interest of the assemblies is because people have a heart to give and do for others.
“The assembly itself has a positive spirit of togetherness that is contagious. People come and have a great time and then they go home and tell their families and friends and coworkers who then come back with them,” Burnett said.
With the growing popularity of the assembly events, a fourth assembly line currently is being planned. A temporary fourth line has been set-up with folding tables just to accommodate the large number of volunteers.
Burnett said it’s exciting to see the community come together to “be a blessing” to someone in need.
“They come here knowing they will be helping someone in crisis,” she said. “The volunteers see the impact these Buckets are making. When they see these buckets being delivered, and they know they have been a part of making that difference in the lives of those who receive a Blessing Bucket.”
More than 400 volunteers attended the last Blessing Bucket assembly night Oct. 10, and about 450 people were expected for another one set for Thursday night.
“It is amazing to see our local community coming together to make a huge impact,” Burnett said.