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Buckets of Care: Kidron community organizes relief effort


Youth Pastor Craig Strasbaugh and other volunteers pound lids on buckets with a rubber mallet before placing them in a Central American Medical Outreach van.

Kyle Schlabach fills buckets at Kidron Mennonite Church.


Kyros Steiner, 7, carries buckets out to a CAMO van.

Sofia Steiner helps to put together Buckets of Care Saturday at Kidron Mennonite Church.

KIDRON  “Dios te bendiga” was written in black permanent marker on the lid of each white five-gallon pail that was swiftly filled Saturday morning and just as quickly whisked away by Central American Medical Outreach. Those three Spanish words translate to “God bless you.”

Dozens of Kidron Mennonite Church and community members of all ages formed an efficient assembly line to pack the large buckets with essential supplies to send to Honduras. Residents were hit hard with the COVID-19 pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes. CAMO, which is based in Orrville, is providing temporary housing, food and medical care for hundreds of residents.

Inside each Bucket of Care, volunteers placed sheets, towels, combs, plates, cups, a spatula, a Bible, and a bar of soap. Residents also will receive frying pans.

Congregants decided to color pictures to add to the buckets – to show extra care from miles away.

Read the complete story in the March 24, 2021 edition.

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