Disaster Relief

Eleven members of Oakland and Smiths Grove Baptist Churches traveled to the Mobile, Alabama area to deliver hygiene kits.

One of the volunteers, Jennifer Tinsley, says this area is close to her heart. She says: "This area was specifically personal to me because I lived there for a period of time."

When the call came out for members of her church to help with the relief effort, Jennifer knew she was supposed to help.

She says: "It's just a specific area in the Dolphin Island, Mobile, Bayou La Batre area that really didn't get the publicity the other areas did."

The group went with around a thousand hygiene kits for children and handed out food and water.

While they were there, the church members were able to give something from their hearts, emotional support. Jennifer says: "We went down there just to give hugs; a lot of them needed to know they were loved."

The support, both physically and emotionally, was welcome. Jennifer says: "They're all suffering, but they're building back together, and they're very appreciative of our group coming down."

As the recovery effort continues, the members of these two churches want them to know there's a community, hours away, who cares.

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