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Donations continue to roll in for ‘Christmas miracle’ for Houston

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Christmas miracle is shaping up for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston.

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Family Day Ministries, based in Shepherdsville, has been collecting items that will be distributed in time for the Christmas holiday.

Pastor Mike Miller has connected with Trinity Lutheran Church, located near Downtown Houston, about 934 miles from FDM. Miller always contacts local ministry during a donation delivery, making certain the donations will make to those in the most need.

FDM is collecting new items for donation, anything and everything that families would need to restore normal life in their homes.

Items can range from clothing to furniture, games and toys, kitchen and bathroom accessories, toiletries, cleaning items, tools, blankets and pillows… “anything you would need to replace in a flooded home,” Miller said.

The late August weather event resulted in widespread donations to the area from throughout the country. Miller decided to begin a collection, but wait until after the initial donation wave to help support victims.

In the church’s first month, members have made many donations, with much more collected throughout the community. First Harrison Bank locations are collecting items for the church.

According to Miller, about $6,000 in financial donations have been collected in the first month.

FDM received two substantial donations in the past week. The first, through the assistance of church member Ron Winter, was in the form of a truckload of items from Kentucky Pallet Liquidation in Munfordville.

According to Miller, the company, a surplus outlet location, collects and stores seasonal store items, primarily through Wal-Mart.

Winter contacted the location, and FDM was allowed to purchase pallets worth of items at a lower cost. Miller said about $1,600 in payments led to an estimated $10,000 worth of items.

The pallets were primarily filled with box fans, but also contained electronics and speakers, hair dryers, blankets, crock pots and toiletries, even some furniture pieces and a basketball goal.

Another donation came in the form of transportation, courtesy of M&M Cartage, a family-owned company based in Louisville.

Miller spoke with M&M president Don Hayden, who agreed to supply a tractor-trailer for the delivery, as well as a driver, and would also cover the costs for gas. Miller estimated the donation in monetary terms at about $3,500.

Miller also thanked local business Shawn Frye Plumbing, based in Mount Washington, for contributing a substantial donation. Owner Shawn Frye is a church member.

One of FDM’s next goals is collecting 100 bicycles for the donation.

“It’s gonna happen,” Miller said.

Another goal will be to livestream the donation event in Houston, with items placed on display inside the church for families to collect what is needed.

“That way people here get to see, first-hand, how their blessing affect them in Houston,” Winter said.

Collections will continue through the end of November, with items or financial donations still being collected at First Harrison Bank locations and at FDM on S. Beckman Street in Shepherdsville.

Miller reminded that along with family household items, pet items were also in need, including doggie beds and kitty litter.

For more information on the collection, or to make a donation, contact Pastor Mike Miller, (502)424-0330, or visit the church’s website, familydayministries.org.

For information on First Harrison Bank’s collection drive, call Dan Cline, 543-2226.