LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are serving in West Virginia today, helping residents there cope with the aftermath of serious storms that have left many without power since the weekend.
Two dozen volunteers have set up a kitchen unit and shower unit at Restoration Fellowship Church in Mt. Nebo, W. Va., to serve local residents. Two chaplains also are on hand on to provide encouragement and counseling to those in need.
Providing hot meals and hot showers could prove challenging for the team because as of Wednesday afternoon, the Mt. Nebo area was without power and water service according to Coy Webb, director of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief. Local residents there also have been dealing with shortages of fuel and certain perishable food staples.
Webb said the American Red Cross and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders have asked Kentucky Baptists to be ready to cook and serve up to 6,000 meals daily.
“This type of deployment is more costly than others because we will need fuel for the generators,” he said. “Kentucky Baptists have always responded to urgent needs such as this and we hope they will do so once again.”
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The feeding unit was deployed from Blood River Baptist Association. The shower unit is from Nelson Baptist Association. Webb said volunteers are coming from across Kentucky to serve.
“I encourage our certified disaster relief volunteers to visit the KBC website and our Facebook page to stay informed on this call-out,” he said.
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