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Church aids Sandy victims.

SHREWSBURY - Wellspring United Methodist Church and the Stop & Shop Supermarket on Route 9 west joined forces March 9 to put together cleaning buckets to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

In January, the United Methodist Committee On Relief sent out a desperate call for flood/cleaning buckets to be donated to people needing to clean their houses and businesses after Superstorm Sandy. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own. Superstorm Sandy relief is not going to be over for years. There are still people without electricity. There are still people without a home. There are still people in great, dire need. Wellspring Methodist Church responded to this call by pledging to send out at least 50 buckets.

Stop & Shop generously allowed Wellspring volunteers to set up a table showing completed 5-gallon buckets, while distributing lists of needed supplies to shoppers about to enter the supermarket.

Supplies included soap, sponges, dish soap, insect repellant, laundry detergent, cleaning wipes, scrub brushes, clothespins, clothes lines, etc. Shoppers were asked if they could pick up one or more items while shopping and drop them off at the exit.

Shoppers were extremely generous, and more than four shopping carts filled with supplies were collected, allowing Wellspring to fill more than 50 buckets.

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CUTLINE: Members of Wellspring United Methodist Church set up at Stop & Shop on March 9 to collect items for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
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Date:May 3, 2013
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