The Illinois Pipe Trades Advancement and Promotional Program, and the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters and Service Technicians recently headed to the Gulf States with several truckloads of food and personal supplies.

Bill Hite Sr., general president of the UA, spearheaded the effort with assistance from Steve Toth, UA international representative for Illinois; Mike Arndt, director of training; and IPTAPP Executive Director, Rick Terven Sr.

Donations from members of IPTAPP were used to purchase food and personal items for displaced families in Mississippi and Louisiana. They enlisted the assistance of IPTAPP Organizers Bill Hite Jr., Kevin Connolly, and Rick Terven Jr.; and Jim Pavisek, UA Consultant.

The Gulf Park UA Regional Training Center in Mississippi has been set up as a shelter, and goods were delivered there. From there they were sent to UA Local 198 in Baton Rouge, where several families are sheltered in its training center.

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