Gleaning Responds to Easter 2020

Records show 105 tornadoes struck the US just over a week ago on April 12-13, spreading from Texas to Florida, reaching through the Carolinas, and moving into Tennessee and Maryland.

An F-4 tornado hit the rural area of Moss, Mississippi at 190 mph and has been tracked as the widest storm ever recorded in the state, spreading nearly 2 miles wide, and barreling through 91 miles before dissipating. This massive twister left 212 homes in Moss totally destroyed, and 249 with severe damage.

Mossville’s Fire Department Chief, Doyle Webb explained the extent of the destruction via telephone with our staff. He said, “within a mile of where I am standing, there are 100 homes that were completely destroyed, and all that the people could salvage was being carried in a 5-gallon bucket.”

Imagine… your entire household – destroyed, and all of your belongings can now fit into a 5 gallon bucket. My heart breaks for them!
We want to help as many people as we can, and we will start by sending our first truckload of disaster relief supplies to Moss, MS. Our plan is to continue sending supplies wherever the need is, for as long as resources are available.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, Gleaning’s collection will look different this time. We will not be asking for product donations from the public at our usual location on Ward’s Road in Lynchburg, VA.

Instead, we are seeking financial donations, only, and will use those donations to purchase critically-needed items such as nonperishable foods, healthy juices, personal care items, and cleaning supplies from local businesses. We also hope we can provide some paper products for the tornado victims, if possible. Normally, multiple pallets of paper products are included in our trucks of disaster relief aid.

If you are able to donate, please click here, or mail a donation check to GFTW, PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538. We now have a Text-To-Give option, too. To give by text, simply text the word Tornado to 1-434-208-1878 and you’ll receive a text back containing the link to our secure donation form.

I cannot say “thank you” enough, but I’ll say it again. Thank you for your ongoing support of our ministry! If you are able to donate towards this relief effort, your generosity will be a blessing to those who are facing the most devastating time of their lives. They’ve been impacted by two disasters at the same time: Covid-19 and these devastating storms.

In Service and Partnership,

Jeane Smiley-Mason

President & COO

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Today, we say our final goodbyes to our friend and Gleaning family member, Steve Bryant. We thank you all for your prayers for Steve’s family and friends during this time.

*Picture is of Steve’s Gleaning hat, his work gloves, and his boots on the back of “Blue” (the Gleaning box truck that Steve often drove.) This was displayed during today’s funeral.

Sharing the obituary for our friend and Gleaning family member: Steven Kent Bryant, 64, of Madison Heights, VA, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021 due to a vehicular accident. He is survived by his wife of forty two years, Sheryl F. Bryant.
Born March 7, 1957 in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Garland Gwinn Bryant and is survived by his mother, Myrtle Holmes Suddith Bryant. Steve was employed with Gleaning For The World for over nineteen years where he was a logistics specialist. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. He was a huge UVA and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved his Harley-Davidson and watching his grandchildren play baseball and was devoted to his family.
In addition to his wife, Sheryl, he is survived by three sons; Shaun M. Bryant (Rachel), Shane M. Bryant (Rhonda) and Schuyler M. Bryant (Cassidy); two daughters, Stephanie B. Routon (Joshua) and Summer B. Yancey (Dustin); one brother, Jerry Bryant (Sue); two nieces, Jennifer Meeks and Jill Lawson; ten grandchildren, Caleb, Kadin, Carter, Colin, Carson, Carmen, Brennan, Brinley, Presley and Braelyn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 PM at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating.
Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaning For The World, P.O. Box 645, Concord, VA 24538.
Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences please go to

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