A Valentine for Haiti

Kentucky church to take special offering on Valentine’s Day, challenges others to do the same

February 2, 2010

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Coordinator Randy Ackley receives a  check and shakes the hand of The Rev. Tom Dillard, both in front of a  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance banner.

The Rev. Tom Dillard (right), Presbyterian pastor and police chaplain, presents a $4,000 check for Haiti relief from the Jeffersontown (KY) city council to PDA coordinator Randy Ackley. —Photo by Melody Smith.


First, the Rev. Tom Dillard, pastor of Hopewell Presbyterian Church here and police chaplain for nearby Jeffersontown, Ky., successfully persuaded the city council — which was considering making a donation to aid Haiti — to make the $4,000 check out to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

A few days later, at his church’s annual chili cook-off and pie auction, Dillard volunteered to take a chocolate cream pie in the face to raise funds for Haiti, resulting in another $325 check.

Now the 182-member Hopewell Church is collecting a special love offering for Haiti on — what else? — Valentine’s Day.

“I just figured, let’s extend this a little further,” said Dillard. “And this year, since Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, it seemed natural.”

Dillard and his congregation are urging other churches to follow their lead. “We would like to challenge all churches to take a special offering for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on Valentine’s Day, to show our love and support for the people of Haiti, and all those who are working so hard to help them now.”

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is accepting donations for Haiti relief and recovery online; by phone at (800) 872-3283; and by mail: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

  1. We would like to work out a way to send solar led yard lights to Haiti. They are the gadgets placed along the driveway to come on at night. I broke the spike off one of mine and realized Haiti could use hundreds of these. they put them on top of their tent or shack during day and take them inside at night so the children would no longer be terrified of the dark. What do you think? John 8:12 [WB Presby Church Raleigh, NC]

    by Eugene Reese

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