The Baptist Resource Network would like  your help in ministering to the victims of the recent Kentucky tornado, shares Kenton Hunt, PA/SJ Disaster Relief director.

Currently, two Baptist Association of Southwest Pennsylvania shower/laundry units and four western Pennsylvania volunteers from Edgewood Baptist Church and Living Faith Baptist Church are on their way to Fredonia (KY) First Baptist Church, said Hunt, who is already forming a replacement team for them. Initially, the teams will be supporting Team Rubicon and Mennonite Disaster Services. They will be serving right through the holidays for four-eight weeks, he said.

The Baptist Resource Network seeks one five-gallon bucket (with a lid) from each participating church filled with hygiene items, such as deodorant, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, washcloths, feminine products, disposable razor blades, shaving cream, body wash, Chapstick, moisturizer, nail clippers, and wipes.

“We would like for your church to collect by Christmas Eve and deliver the buckets to your chosen Collection Site the following week,” he said. Because of the extreme need at this time, the Disaster Relief team wants to try to get these items to Kentucky by the first of the year, he added, which is when they will likely deploy the Disaster Relief Shower and Laundry units. They are poised for deploying and are awaiting the call.

The Collection Sites include the following:

  • Bloomsburg SBC (Chuck Chamberlain, 570-441-3353)
  • Catalyst Church, Altoona (Mike Blackie, 814-207-5723)
  • East Shore Baptist Church, Harrisburg (Gary Mills, 717-439-0688)
  • Great Commission Church, Philadelphia (215-621-6907)
  • First Baptist Church of Clarion (Jason Hunter, 814-221-5187)
  • Harvest Community Church, Kittanning (Fred Neal Jr., 724-664-9962)
  • Millcreek Community Church, Erie (Todd Cyphers, 814-838-7605)
  • Rolling Hills Church, Verona (Greg Drayer, 724-882-9180)
  • SOAR Church, Woodbine, N.J. (Tom Dawson, 856-498-8048)
  • Winfield Baptist Church (Corey Mitchell, 570-939-5423)

Kentucky Baptists graciously sent disaster relief workers to York and Philadelphia during the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, shared Hunt. This collection response gives the BRN family a chance to reciprocate the love. He urges churches to please keep praying for the families impacted by the deadly tornadoes.

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He also asks churches to let him know they will take up collections by filling out this form. Churches interested in giving financially to support disaster relief can give online here. Thank you!