Throughout the year, United Methodists from Kansas and Nebraska create and donate care packages to be sent all over the world through United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). However, once the goods are donated, transportation can often create challenges.
According to Mary Ann Bede, a former member of the board of directors and current volunteer for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, Ill., shipping containers cost a lot of money. In fact, the United Methodist Church usually has to join in with a Catholic organization to send items overseas with help of the U.S. Navy – but even that can be expensive.
For ground transportation here in the United States, Charlie West has donated his semitrailer and his time to make sure people get the items they need.
On Nov. 11, West, Rick Straber and Gary Dexter made a stop at the Nebraska Conference office building in Lincoln, Neb., to pick up items donated by churches in the area.
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Photo: (From left) Gary Dexter, Mary Ann Bede, Rick Straber and Charlie West stand outside West’s truck. Overall, towns in Nebraska collected more than 1,700 pounds of donated good that the three men hauled to the distribution center in Chatham, Ill.