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By Erin Smith

Compassion and a desire to help others has lead to an outpouring of support for the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Center in Elizabethtown.

On Thursday morning, volunteers were busy at the Bladen County Distribute Center receiving much needed donations of cleaning supplies, clothing, bottled water, non-perishable food items, baby products, disaster relief buckets, and paper products.

A semi-truck loaded with supplies from a ministry called God’s Pit Crew in Danville, Virginia had arrived at the distribution center. Andy Bailey with Church of the Highlands of Birmingham, Alabama, said his church has a relationship with both God’s Pit Crew and Hands of Hope which is a part of the Joyce Meyer Ministries.

According to Bailey, Rev. Randy Johnson founded God’s Pit Crew several years ago following a disaster and the ministry has grown and provided disaster relief ever since.

Bailey said he has been in Bladen County assisting with the recovery efforts for two weeks.

“We connected with Vertical Church and ended up connecting with Jason (Williams) and his church (Foundation Bible Church). What our mission is at Church of the Highlands and God’s Pit Crew is to help local churches and provide resources for local churches,” said Bailey.

He explained that Church of the Highlands has two networks called and Heart and Grow. Bailey said Vertical Church is part of the Grow Network at Church of the Highlands and they are trying to add Foundation Bible Church. Bailey said the Grow Network is a resource for churches and everything is free.

The distribution center is located at 108 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. It is open for individuals to pick up supplies from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and are closed on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.