Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief team respond to Spavinaw


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Updated: 4/19/2013 11:23 am Published: 4/19/2013 11:22 am


More than 40 volunteers from the Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief team have been deployed to help the community of Spavinaw to respond to storm damage.

“After any local or nationwide disaster, the Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief team is always on the lookout for ways we can help affected communities,” said Sam Porter, BGCO disaster relief state director. “In the case of the recent Oklahoma storms, Spavinaw showed the most need with severe weather leaving many residents with no electricity, food or shelter and many damaged homes from fallen trees.”

Three chainsaw teams, a mobile feeding unit and an assessment team have been deployed from several communities in Oklahoma, including Claremore, Broken Arrow, Grove and Bartlesville, totaling more than 40 volunteers, to help the victims of the storm.

The chainsaw teams will assist private homeowners to help clear fallen trees, many on top of homes, and organize them for easy pick-up. The mobile feeding unit, which can serve up to 3,000 people a day, will be helping feed up to 150 per meal in Spavinaw, including volunteers.

“One of our top priorities is to help the community try to get back to normal as soon as possible,” Porter said. “Beside the physical help we provide, we also focus on the communities’ emotional and spiritual needs.”

The disaster relief assessment team arrives ahead of the others to help scout the damage and work with homeowners to let them know what services they can provide. This team also has a chaplain on-hand to help the families with their grief.

For updates on Oklahoma Baptist volunteers, or to make a tax-deductible donation to the Baptists’ disaster relief operation, visit www.okdisasterhelp.com.


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