Canandaigua, N.Y. --- For the past couple of weeks the Anderson family and members of their church, By Grace Ministries, have been hard at work in preparation for their trip to New York City next week. Once there, they’ll connect with other another church group who is helping those in still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
"We're taking a team of 13 people down there next week from Monday to Friday to lend some support but we didn't want to come empty-handed,” Sherrie Anderson said. “We wanted to come with hugs and help but we also wanted to come with some supplies.”
At first the collections were slow to roll in but as word spread so to did the number of local people and businesses willing to assist. They set up tables outside of Sam’s Club in Henrietta and gathered a truckload of food and supplies donated by caring customers.
"We just went to the Penny Saver yesterday right here in Canandaigua and I could not even fill my car,” Anderson said. “I had to have my son come and bring his jeep and they just came back from the YMCA today so people are just kind of hearing about it.”
The donations now fill the Anderson’s family garage and on Monday morning they plan to load up a rental truck and hit the road.
Sherrie Anderson and her three oldest children will be part of that team and they’ve already formed plans for another trip around Christmas. Local collections for that trip will focus on gifts and holiday items for children and families who are in need.
To learn more about the Anderson’s and the efforts of By Grace Ministries visit their website.