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While there may be many families who are in need this winter, there are also many volunteers who care in Calvert County — as well as an abundance of trees to help those less fortunate heat their homes during the season’s cold temperatures.
Armed with trucks, wood splitters and cutters, axes and willing hands and spirits, more than 150 members of the Chesapeake Church Summit Men from Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown recently cut and hauled enough wood to fill 45 trucks, which they later delivered to 22 area families in need, according to a press release. The wood the group uses comes from the church’s grounds in Huntingtown.
The men delivered between a half-cord to three cords of firewood at each stop they made this year. For many families, this firewood will be their only source of heat during the winter months, the release states.
This marks the seventh consecutive year Chesapeake Church has spearheaded the Firewood for Families endeavor. This year brought the largest number of volunteers and more than doubled the amount of deliveries, and 90 percent of the deliveries were Calvert County residents, according to the release.
“The need is out there and it is strong,” Chet Taylor, Chesapeake Church Summit Men’s leader, said in the release. “The men at the church answered the call to serve. I hear the stories of how the men who delivered the wood are just as touched as the firewood recipients when they return to the church. It is rather humbling.”
The majority of the families who received the firewood use the church’s Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry, and others came from referrals. The food pantry serves more than 700 families every week, the release states.
For the seventh straight year, Summit Men’s member Steve Krouse manned the splitter and cutter to help those who need help to stay warm this winter.
“I do this to serve the Lord, to help those in need,” Krouse said in the release. “This is my way of giving back to those less fortunate.”
“Bottom line is those who attend Chesapeake Church have a servant’s heart,” Taylor said in the release. “They are called and answer every time. It’s contagious and the number of volunteer[s] continues to grow.”
For more information on volunteer opportunities, or to learn about Chesapeake Church, go to chesapeakechurch.org, or call 410-257-0700.