Martinsville police officers spend holiday collecting water for hurricane victims

More than 40,000 bottles collected so far

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Some Martinsville police officers are spending part of their Labor Day helping collect water for hurricane victims in Texas.

Officers volunteered to spend time on their day off to man the drop-off site at the Martinsville Police Department.

In about a week, the department has collected more than 40,000 bottles.

Water is loaded onto trailers and driven to God's Pit Crew in Danville where it is then taken to Texas.

"Everybody in the community came together in this event, taking their time to bring the water, so it was the least I could do to come out here and collect it," said Officer Ben Peters.

Also on Monday, Freedom Baptist Church in Axton announced that it is now serving as a collection site as well.

The church is the latest in a long list of collection sites that have popped up across southwest Virginia.

The church is collecting numerous items, all of which will be delivered to God's Pit Crew. The collection drive ends Sept. 15.

As of Monday, God's Pit Crew had shipped more than 5,000 Blessing Buckets to help Harvey victims.

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