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LIVE REPORT: Vidor church begins relief drive for tornado victims
VIDOR-By: Leslie Rangel
Members of a Southeast Texas church say they want to bring hope to people in Moore, Oklahoma.
Volunteers from First Pentecostal church in Vidor have some experience with emergency relief.
They recently came back from the town of West, near Waco, where volunteers delivered relief.
Monday, church members spent the day calling and asking for donations and other packing up boxes to send up North.
"People started calling us. 'Ya'll did West, are you going to Oklahoma?' About 5:30 this morning I prayed about it and He said you're going to Oklahoma," Pastor Bruce Lockett of First Pentecostal Church of Vidor says.
They're taking up supplies that are needed for immediate relief.
"Same thing like West, food and supplies, Wal Mart cards, just basic snack stuff, cleaning stuff, diapers wipes," Lockett says.
Essentials needed to help the people of Moore recover from a 2 mile wide tornado that tore through the city.
"I have a new born grandson and I thought about the catastrophe there in Oklahoma," Lockett says.
The Pastor's new grandson is named Liam. Lockett smiles as he looks at the baby through a Facebook picture. He says when he saw the devastation and thought of the baby, he felt the need to call on his congregation to help.
Mary Ayers, a church member says this is what being a human is all about, "we want to help, we want to give our blessing to them and this is the way we do it."
It's not their first time and the members say it won't be their last.
"It's very tiring , time consuming, but we do it because we love to help people," Ayers said.
They're calling on people in the community to offer their help.
"A lot of people are kicking the can down the road and it's time to pick the can up and take it to Oklahoma," Lockett says.
The church plans on going to Moore in about a week and a half.
They have set up locations to drop off food and supplies at the Triangle Therapeutic Physical Therapy.The Port Arthur location is at 5957 9th ave.and the Beaumont location is at 6755 Phelan Suite 28. You can also drop items off at the church at 185 Camp Street in Vidor everyday of the week from 9-5. Donations will be accepted in Beaumont and Port Arthur Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.
Needed Donation Items: Canned foods, can openers, boxed foods, snacks, cleaning supplies, first aid supplies, work gloves, buckets to store supplies in, water, gift cards, cash, Wal-Mart gift cards.
For more information you can call the church at 409-769-9055 or any of the following numbers: 409-769-8955, 409-550-6719, 409-998-2994.
VIDOR - A Vidor church that traveled to West, Texas to bring relief to the town stricken by a devastating fertilizer plant explosion is beginning a drive to collect items for families in tornado ravaged Moore, Oklahoma.
First Pentecostal Church and the Vidor DAV Chapter will begin collecting items Tuesday, May 21.
Pastor Bruce Lockett told KFDM News Tuesday morning that he woke up at 5 a.m. and "God told me we need to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma."
You can bring items by:
First Pentecostal Church, 185 Camp Street, Vidor, 77662.
The church has already been collecting for another trip to West. They'll collect items for Moore, Oklahoma and in the next couple of weeks travel to West and drop off aid before continuing to Oklahoma.
The church needs the following items:
5 gallon buckets with lids, baby food, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, batteries, shaving cream, razors, sanitary items for men and women, canned food, toothbrushes, toothpaste, medical supplies (peroxide, antibiotic cream, bandage, rubbing alcohol), shampoo, deodorant, and toilet paper and medical equipment.
The items can be dropped off from 9:00 until 5:00 Monday thru Friday. For further information please call 409-769-9055 or 409-769-3069.
The church won't be accepting any clothing, shoes or furniture.