BY RANDY McNUTT
The Cincinnati Enquirer
HAMILTON - A semi left the Faith United Church of Christ early Monday on a mission.
For seven to 10 days, church members had collected toys and clothes for Adams County children whose families experienced the recent flood.
''A lot of the kids lost everything,'' said Sharon Rivers of Adams County Children's Services. ''They'll appreciate whatever they receive.''
The Rev. George Hurter said it was the church's second collection, the first going to Bromley.
''We had an extremely positive response,'' he said. ''About the time that truck shipped out for Kentucky, one of our members heard about the need in Adams County. We thought we'd give it another shot. We were absolutely amazed at the response people showed.
''There's a great need out there. I hope this will motivate others to help, too.''
He said church members read an Enquirer story listing the needs of families in Adams County.
''A number of families in the parish responded with toys, clothes and household items,'' the Rev. Mr. Hurter said. ''We have a number of teachers in the parish, and their schools promoted the event.''
The semi left Monday for West Union's old Copeland Corp. building, which is being used as a distribution center for flood victims, Ms. Rivers said.
''Because the emphasis was on toys,'' the Rev. Mr. Hurter said, ''we had to make sure we replaced the batteries.''
A congregation member agreed to drive the semi to West Union. His employer, ABF Freight System Inc. of West Chester, donated the truck, the Rev. Mr. Hurter said.
''The emphasis we placed on this is immediate, short-term help,'' he said. ''We need to be prepared to continue to offer help as long as it's needed. A different kind of help will be needed a couple of months from now, and we hope to provide whatever is necessary.''