Article Written by John (Jack) Nelson
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, a Semi trailer load of Hurricane Irma donated goods arrived from several Churches that Pastor Burnham had previous associations with in Georgia. The effort in Georgia was coordinated by the Solid Rock Baptist Church who sent the goods to the Tanglewood Community Church to be distributed to the community; this was a fully loaded 53 foot trailer of donated products.
Tanglewood Community Church donated these goods to the Bountiful Blessings Church at 820 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd in Sebring. This was done at the direction of County Commissioner Chair Don Elwell, who stated “this area of town was is dire need of help”, they had sustained large amounts of damage, many individual forced out of their homes due to Hurricane Irma damage. The following organizations and local business participated in the effort to unload this merchandise at the Church. The Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman’s team of 4 inmates volunteers lead by Deputy Gary Davidson, Loews of Sebring supplied two gentleman Blake and Jim, along with a forklift to assist in taking the pallets off the truck and moving them up to the doors of the church distribution center. Several member of the church were also in attendance to assist, and give us direction. We also give thanks to the truck driver, Kenny Bailey, who donated his time to drive this load down from Georgia.
Our Tanglewood volunteers were Pat & Carol Smith, Ben Davis, Bob & Janice Arden, Nelson & Cynthia Puckett, Pete & Val Blake, Mike Klindworth, Ed Bream, Steve Batey, Bermon Pritt, Greg Schneider, Bill Phillips, Rick Bullens, Bruce Eberly, John (Jack) Nelson and Pastor Burnham.