SULLIVAN — One traveling church group traveled to Vacationland from Connecticut to help prepare a town’s residents for the winter months.
Members of the Monroe Congregational Church from Monroe, Connecticut lent a helping hand to residents in the town of Sullivan. Rev. Jennifer Gingras is a senior pastor for Monroe Congregational Church.
“We sleep on church floors that host us, we shower at YMCA and places like that. We eat PB & J every day for lunch,” said Gingras.
The group partnered up with age-friendly Sullivan in an effort to help folks prepare for the colder months ahead, said Candy Eaton, coordinator for Age-Friendly Sullivan.
“We started the sand bucket brigade which can be replicated in every community. The town donates the sand and the salt and the volunteers go off and fill the buckets and deliver them,” said Eaton.
In total– the group will load 40 sand buckets– before delivering them to Sullivan residents who would struggle to keep up with their icy walkways and steps during the winter.
“We are doing this because we want to help as many people as possible and we want to make as big an impact as we can,” said Gerrit Wissinki, a member of the Monroe Congregational Church.
Kelsey Kaminski, lead adult advisor for the church group, said she is grateful to be on this road trip with such great people.
“These kids really needed this time to be away to be with each other and really get involved in the community, I’m super excited after last year after everything got canceled I’m really glad we were able to have this experience,” said Kaminski.
The members of the Monroe Congregational Church will continue their journey throughout the state of Maine in the coming days.