Donations collected for flood victims

By DENISE GRONES,

CARROLLTON -- Harvey disaster relief efforts were underway Saturday at North Carrollton Baptist Church. Members of North Carrollton Baptist were on hand to help members of Hillview Baptist Church of Greenwood load a trailer with water, cleaning supplies, baby items, hygiene items and non-perishable food to be taken to Texas.

North Carrollton Baptist is serving as one of four collection sites where items are being stored and organized to be sent to distribution centers in Louisiana and Texas. The other collection sites are Hillview Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Winona and The Carroll-Montgomery Baptist Association in Winona.

“We’ve had a big response so far,” Pastor Bartlett said. Bartlett is the disaster relief coordinator of the Carroll-Montgomery Baptist Association. He has been involved in many disaster relief efforts throughout the South for several years.

The association has a chainsaw crew, a mud out crew, a feeding crew and chaplains who go out and minister to disaster victims.

Barbara Sheppard, a member of North Carrollton is helping with sending out information on supplies and organizing everything when it comes in.

“This is something we can do as a community to help,” Sheppard said. Charles and Denise Acey, North Carrollton members were also helping load the trailer. Bartlett’s son Caleb and Josh Houston, both of Blackhawk were also helping. Kirk Brothers donated a truck to pull the trailer.

Pastor Bartlett was stopping at Hillview and in Flowood to gather more supplies before heading to Texas. They were planning to stop at Old Zion Hill Baptist Church in Independence and follow Old Zion’s team which was taking an 18 wheeler full of supplies. They will travel to South Drive Baptist Church of Channelview, Texas. South Drive is serving as a distribution center where supplies can be sent out as needed.

Kay Jones, of Carrollton stopped by Saturday to donate several bags of goods.

“This is something I know they can use,” Jones said. “I am glad I can contribute,” she added.

Carroll Academy’s FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is also helping collect supplies and taking them to North Carrollton.

“This is our first service project,” said FCA Sponsor Penny Mitchell. “We felt like this was something we could do help out.”

Mitchell added the response from student donations has been great so far.

Carrollton Baptist Church members are also collecting supplies that will be taken North Carrollton Baptist.

Supplies needed are cases of bottled water or gallon jugs, bleach, peroxide, spray bottles, cleaning supplies (sponges, rags, mops, buckets and rubber gloves,) hygiene items, baby supplies, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and non-perishable food items (pop top cans preferred.) Bartlett said they plan to see if there is a specific need once they get there and relay it back home for the community to gather.

For more information, you may contact Sheppard at 662-858-0051.