Going Above and Beyond For Others
Tessa Nelson on 12/06/2017
Rich Klepps, a dedicated volunteer from the New England branch has to love driving because he exceeded the call of duty to help get a container loaded for victims in Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, November 28 Rich helped load several heavy items to be shipped to Puerto Rico into a 26 foot truck at the New England branch (Terryville, CT) and drove it to the Maryland warehouse (Millersville, MD). On Wednesday morning, the items were unloaded and then Rich drove to the Mid-Atlantic branch (Wilmington, DE) to load up their inventory for the Puerto Rico shipment. Rich then returned to Maryland warehouse. After staying overnight, the next morning, Thursday, the container destined for Puerto Rico was loaded with the items from the three locations. His job was completed. However, the Maryland branch asked him unexpectedly to drive his truck to three distinct venues in northern Pennsylvania to pick up hospital beds and many other items destined for Liberia. Along with one volunteer from Maryland, Norm Giguere, he left Millersville around noon and returned close to midnight after driving round trip of 400 miles. Friday morning the hospital equipment was unloaded and the truck was loaded with the aforementioned clothes and Rich drove back to Connecticut. He did all of this with a smiling face and immediate willingness to do what he could to further the mission of our charity. I share this story because one of the benefits of being a volunteer for Orphan Grain Train is that one is surrounded by wonderful and extraordinary people and Rich happens to be one of those people. If OGT had a volunteer of the year, Rich would have been in the running!
The three branches did a wonderful job loading the 40' shipping container which will stay in Puerto Rico with 26,136 Harvest Pack meals, 5,184 Kid's Care meals (pasta/bean soup), bottled water, hygiene kits/supplies, diapers, cleaning supplies, buckets, brooms, mops, generators, rakes, shovels, tools, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, sump pump, wet/dry vacuum, clothing, shoes, and backpacks for Centro Cristiano Gracia Y Yerdad Inc. in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is OGT’s 3rd shipment to Puerto Rico. The picture is Rich Klepps in the back on the right, L-R front row is Roger Hazzard, Mid-Atlantic warehouse manager; Rob Hall, Mid-Atlantic asst. branch manager, Don Coffman, volunteer; Marilyn Kraft with husband Cliff Kraft, Mid-Atlantic branch manager.