The Orphan Grain Train’s (OGT) New England Branch, located in Terryville, Connecticut loaded a forty foot container of needed items for the Republic of Georgia on February 23, 2018. This was the seventeenth shipment since the Branch was dedicated as the twenty-third branch in the United States for OGT on June of 2014. Nationally, OGT ships to over 65 countries and this was the first shipment made to the Republic of Georgia by the organization. Other shipments from the New England Branch have gone to a number of countries, e.g. Liberia, Nicaragua, Ukraine, the Philippines, Lithuania, Latvia, Liberia, Nepal, Ghana and Puerto Rico. The Branch also helps those locally, giving donated medical items to individuals in need as well as supporting the visiting nurse and hospice care organizations of the area. It has also helped with a shipment to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
On the Republic of Georgia shipment were over 1,360 boxes of women’s, men’s, children, and infant clothing, shoes, coats, scarves, hats, gloves, etc., as well as blankets, quilts, linens, layette kits for babies, hygiene kits, school kits. Also included were crutches, wheelchairs, bicycles and toys. The shipment had an estimated weight of over 18,000 pounds and a value in excess of $400,000. The effort is an Outreach Ministry of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and OGT is a 501(3)(C) charity affiliated with the church and supported locally by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Terryville and Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Bristol and is open to all who want to help others.
Volunteers began loading the container for the Republic of Georgia at 2:00pm on February 23rd and finished before 5:00pm. The full container was then delivered to a port for sea transport to the destination. All items have been donated by individuals or organizations and all funds used to support these efforts are donated as well, as is the time of the volunteers. Mr. Bill Allread has made space available in his warehouse at 33 S. Main Street in Terryville to support these efforts.
There is a drop off box at the warehouse for donations, and anyone can come to the warehouse from 9:00am until noon on Mondays to help pack and sort. For more information, please call Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 860-582-0723.