The Plain City United Methodist Church and the Jonathan Alder School District teamed together in an effort to make an impact in the Hurricane Relief in Texas and Florida this past month.

Caleb Keene, who is a freshman at Jonathan Alder High School and a member of Plain City United Methodist Church, led the effort to put compassion into action. Plain City United Methodist Church’s mission is to connect imperfect people on a journey to “Be, Love, and Serve” like Jesus. Keene has certainly taken this to heart by expressing his love for others by serving them in a time of need with this project.

He spoke with building principals and student groups to invite them to join together in making a difference. Plain City Elementary School Principal Kelly Hicks said, “Caleb’s big heart and thoughtfulness made an impression on our Student Council who made posters in support of his cause. He is setting a fine example for the little ones to follow.”

Keene coordinated the effort to work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which provides cleaning buckets to those recovering from the devastating effects of hurricanes. Each five gallon bucket, which is filled with 15 basic cleaning supplies including work gloves, trash bags, detergent, soap, dust masks, sponges and more, is valued at $65. Money was collected at Jonathan Alder schools and the church, which was then used to purchase supplies to fill the buckets donated by Home Depot in Marysville.

Some members of the church filled the buckets themselves and returned them. The remaining buckets were packed by a group of Jonathan Alder High School boys who are in Journey Group at the church for spiritual growth. The total amount of money raised was $1,239, with Plain City Elementary School leading the charge by raising $500. The total value of money and supplies donated to the hurricane relief effort was more than $3,200. This partnership is a beautiful example of how a young person can make a difference if they are willing to take action with their ideas to do good in a world full of so much bad. It’s also a great reminder of how we can do more good together than we can do on our own, said a church spokesperson.

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Jonathan Alder High School students who packed the 50 cleaning buckets are from left: Will Engle, Hayden Mitchell, Cameron Skidmore, Breckin Francis, Gavin Heimlich, Caleb Keene, Luke Davis and Joey Sajdyk.
https://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/10/web1_hurricane-relief.jpgJonathan Alder High School students who packed the 50 cleaning buckets are from left: Will Engle, Hayden Mitchell, Cameron Skidmore, Breckin Francis, Gavin Heimlich, Caleb Keene, Luke Davis and Joey Sajdyk. Contributed photo

Staff report