Members of the SVHEC community with donations for Blessing Buckets for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Danville and Southside Virginia Community College students and staff at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) joined with SVHEC partners and staff to collect donations to fill “Blessing Buckets” for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

Front row (l-r) Lorrie Conner, Lelia Hughes, Heather Lankford, Penelope Hamlett, Taylor Anderson (all SVCC Practical Nursing Students)
 Second row (l-r): Angela Crews (Community Colleges staff), Kimberly Coleman, Crystal Parker, Travonna Davis, Haley Tillett, Courtney Yeatts, and Stacy Hines (SVCC Nursing Instructor). Third row (l-r): Kathy Whitt (Community Colleges staff) , Ida Jackson (Community Colleges staff), Barbara Perkins (Community Colleges Counselor), Keisha Davis, Sandra Alger, Heather Davis, Jonette Talbott (SVCC Nursing Instructor), Deb Halasz (Southern VA Higher Education Foundation staff), and Karen Fisher (SVCC Instructor)

 Sponsored by God’s Pit Crew, “Blessing Buckets” are filled with items in four categories: encouragement, food, personal, and miscellaneous. Items of encouragement include personal notes to let recipients know they’re being thought of, and miscellaneous items include flashlights, toilet paper, and peroxide.

In one week, members of the SVHEC community completely filled 14 Blessing Buckets with items from all four blessing bucket categories. There were also six buckets of overflow items that will be given to God’s Pit Crew to fill other “Blessing Buckets.”

“We all have been deeply touched by the plight of the hurricane victims who lost everything.  I am thankful and proud to work with so many people at SVCC, DCC and the SVHEC whose generosity made the Blessing Bucket project a huge success,” said Karen Fisher, SVCC Biology Instructor and one of the donation drive’s organizers.