To the editor:
Knights of Columbus Council 4361 of Mingo Junction recently held a hurricane relief drive and would like to thank all those involved.
This includes media; volunteers; Steubenville Catholic Central, Steubenville, Toronto and Indian Creek high schools; the Jefferson County Joint Vocation School; USW Locals 1190 and 2911; and the many churches, schools and organizations that helped to make this such a great success.
Grand Knight Shawn Zarych and I wish to personally thank WTOV-TV, WTRF-TV, WOGH-FM, WCDK-FM and the Herald-Star for helping in our effort. The Joshua Project, run by Toni Pastore, brought a box truck and several pickup trucks containing about 400 cases of bottled water, clothing and food items. Project Share, run by Richard Deluca, allowed us to load a 16-foot utility trailer with various items from his warehouse in Wheeling. The United Way of Jefferson County gave us a list of contacts to use. A special thank you goes out to Larry "Butch" Mitchell of Larry Mitchell Trucking for the use of his tractor-trailer, which he personally drove to the New York and New Jersey area to deliver the goods donations.
Through the efforts of all those listed above, and countless generous individuals, we were able to deliver 7 tons of food and water, along with a check for $2,582 that went to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey located in Hillside, N.J. We continue to receive monetary donations, which we will forward on to them. We actually filled the 53-foot trailer close to two-thirds full from top to bottom with clothing, toys, diapers, blankets, coats, etc. that went to Goodwill in Queens, N.Y., while the rest of the trailer held food and water that went to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. We will continue to update donations on our Facebook page
The outpouring of help from the Ohio Valley is amazing considering what has happened here with recent job losses. It shows the astounding kindness of our community. Seeing the huge success of this drive and the generosity of the public makes us so proud to say that we are from the Ohio Valley. Thank you, Ohio Valley, you're awesome.
Knights of Columbus