NEW YORK - Tears filled Clyde Hicks' eyes as he looked over the pile of clothing, cleaning supplies, food, blankets and more delivered to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Baptist Church by the Ohio Valley's own Operation Blankets, Bears and Warm Clothing on Saturday.
Hicks was among those living in the New York City area who lost everything down to the walls of his house in October's Hurricane Sandy.
"Wow, this is overwhelming," Hicks told the Rev. Chris Gardner. "Much of what I need to replace is right here."
Photo by Daniel Dorsch
Clyde Hicks, a New York City resident who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy, thanks Teresa Clayton, co-founder of the Ohio Valley’s Operation Blankets, Bears and Warm Clothing for bringing supplies on Saturday.
Aside from the supplying blankets, bears and warm clothing as its name implies, the charity delivered other important items including nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, baby supplies and food, pet supplies and food and medical supplies.
Saturday's drop-off was the second of two delivered to the church, each load completely filling a large, rented moving van. Brandy Dorsch, co-founder of the charity along with her mother, Teresa Clayton, said she was extremely pleased with the Ohio Valley's participation.
"It could not have been such a success without everyone donating and helping out," Dorsch said. "It warms my heart to know how many people truly care about their fellow people. We had such an amazing response to the cause, and the people who are getting those supplies are more than grateful."
Gardner confirmed that, describing a delivery trip that he and his people took to Coney Island recently.
"We dropped off two minivan loads of supplies to a group on the scene," Gardner said. "As we got there and started unloading, a woman greeted us with tears in her eyes and said, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us!'"
"God bless you," Hicks said to Operation Blankets, Bears and Warm Clothing participants as he helped sort the pile of supplies, which towered over his head before unloading was finished Saturday.
According to Gardner, the supplies are being distributed all over the New York City metropolitan area.
"The materials have been used in Manhattan, Coney Island, Staten Island and other parts of Brooklyn," Gardner said. "Thank you so much. Your help is greatly appreciated."
Dorsch, Clayton and Gardner extended their thanks to the individuals and organizations who collected and/or donated supplies, time and effort.
According to Clayton, groups all over the Ohio Valley participated in collecting and delivering supplies, including Mystic Mountain Crafts of Weirton, Al's Auto Service of Wellsburg, Harmony United Methodist Church of Mingo Junction, Heritage Valley Health System of Robinson Township, Pa., and Stuff With Attitude of Wintersville.
"We couldn't have done it without you," Clayton said, indicating plans are being laid to possibly do a similar delivery of toys and Christmas supplies in December.