132,000 Haiti ‘Buckets of Hope’ collected
Mickey Noah, Baptist Press
March 30, 2010

132,000 Haiti ‘Buckets of Hope’ collected

132,000 Haiti ‘Buckets of Hope’ collected
Mickey Noah, Baptist Press
March 30, 2010

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Johnny

Hudgens is one of thousands of Southern Baptists who have become involved in

the “Buckets of Hope” project that has resulted in more than 132,000 buckets of

food to feed earthquake victims in Haiti.

Hudgens works the night shift as a grill cook at the local Jack-in-the-Box

restaurant. But he does not have a car, so he walks everywhere, including his

faithful mile walk to Cornerstone Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas.

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Each bucket contained staple items to help people in Haiti.

“Today, Johnny made that mile-long walk carrying a 30-pound, food-filled

bucket,” said his pastor, Paul D. Carter. Johnny had heard Carter speak from

the pulpit about the need for buckets filled with rice, beans, peanut butter,

flour and other food items designed to feed a typical Haitian family of 10 for

a week.

“He said his arms were hurting by the time he got to the church, but Johnny

wanted to make sure his ‘family’ in Haiti got their food,” Carter said. Knowing

that Hudgens works only about 30 hours a week at a minimum-wage job, Carter

asked him what motivated him to fill a Bucket of Hope.

“The Lord wanted me to help someone else who doesn’t have what I have. God

doesn’t want me to be selfish,” Hudgens said.

That spirit is rising up among Southern Baptists — in large churches and small

churches alike — from California to Texas to Georgia, as thousands of Buckets

of Hope continue to be collected at state convention receiving sites.

From the collection warehouses in Jacksonville, Fla., and Shreveport, more than

132,000 Buckets of Hope will be shipped to Haiti in staggered shipments over

several months.

Other states collecting Buckets of Hope include Alabama, 8,300 buckets;

California, 1,100; Florida, 30,000-plus; Illinois, 1,250; Indiana, 1,000; Iowa,

300; Kentucky, 15,000; Louisiana, 7,000; Michigan, 800; Mississippi, 4,000; New

Mexico, 2,438; North Carolina, 12,000; Oklahoma, 2,650; South Carolina, 6,520;

Tennessee, 14,000; and Texas, 9,250.