Traditionally this weekend is the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) vs. General Theological Seminary (GTS) flag football game. This year’s game was to be held at General, located in lower Manhattan, which was under blackout conditions following Superstorm Sandy. Because of Sandy, the game has been cancelled. VTS students will be making the trip anyway, as a mission trip.
The VTS community has raised over $ 2,000, which was supplemented to by VTS Dean Ian Markham. As a result, 82 space heaters and 56 blankets have been purchased, which along with blanket donations brings the total to nearly 100. A van is stuffed from top to bottom and will be leading a caravan north from VTS to General on Friday afternoon.
On Saturday morning, the contingent from VTS with the GTS community volunteered at Fulton Houses in the Chelsea neighborhood near General, to work with them in distributing the goods to those who are most in need.
GTS Middler Rik Pike reports, "We had 24 GTS volunteers on hand, along with a half dozen VTS folks. Fulton Houses is public housing with a long relationship with GTS. At Fulton Houses they packed supplies for the Rockaways and Staten. As Fulton Houses is recovering they are a distribution point for other public houses."
UPDATE: The game is not cancelled but will be played in the Spring.
The 2009 GTS team: