A team of people from the First Baptist Church in Dewar, OK collected cards and gifts for those grieving in Newtown, CT because they felt praying was not enough.
“This was about as personal as we could get,” said the mission leader, Jeff Wright, he is also with Christians Outreach for Youth Association. “I saw it on the internet that day when it happened, and it really broke my heart.”
That night Wright could not sleep. Wright came up with a plan to deliver love from Oklahoma.
“God was just laying it on my heart.”
He spent the next two weeks calling churches and Boy Scout groups and schools asking for donations. The donations came by the thousands, thousands of boxes gifts and cards.
“On the way up there, it touched people everywhere we stopped," said Wright. “People flocked to the trailer. They were putting bible verses, families signing the trailer, stuff to Sandy Hook, and that was really emotional. There wasn’t a dry eye. People, they acknowledged the trailer the whole way up there, rolled their windows down and take pictures.”
Wright started in Dewar with the trailer on the Wednesday before Christmas and packed it with gifts from local schools, churches and other organizations. Then he stopped in Wytheville, Virginia and filled it up even more, and then stopped in Telham, North Carolina, then arrived in Newtown, CT on Saturday night.
“The response from the volunteers was overwhelming,” said Wright. We met with 30 or 40 of them on Sunday and they had us meet the Sandy Hook Fire Department and we dropped some boxes of there and then we went into recreation facility and unloaded everything with the volunteers.”
The Sandy Hook fire chief took something he saw from the piles of gifts.
“One of the items that I had was a picture from Henryetta High school where the students had got in the ball field and stood together in the shape of a heart and they put it in a frame and had some really nice stuff on it; and the fire chief took that and said we have a the picture place for this.”
The entire trip was 1,800 miles of emotion for Wright.
“You could feel the sorrow, the pain, the agony, some anger, some tension, but everybody was so respectful and dignified,” said Wright.
Wright said this will not be his last trip to Sandy Hook. If you want to donate, go to the First Baptist Church in Dewar, OK.