VENICE, Fla. (WWSB) – The Baptist Church of Missouri disaster relief site is set up in front of the First Baptist Church in Venice. The site has showers and a laundry room that Suncoast residents can use. Through a partnership with the Salvation Army, the site prepares food from its kitchen bus which Salvation Army volunteers pick up and distribute to areas in need. One such area is in Englewood at the Alameda Mobile Home Park.
Volunteers have come from all over the country to help the relief site and the Salvation Army is assisting community members in need. Missouri Baptist Church volunteers are also helping residents clean up homes by cutting down trees and moving debris, as well as distributing tarps and putting tarps on roofs.
Michael Hibbard, site commander of the Missouri Baptist Church told ABC7, “We are the hands of Jesus, his feet. We see desperate people, when we walk in they have no idea how they are going to get the things they need. When we leave, there is a smile on their face”
Relief site volunteers will be in place for at least one month and, depending on the needs of the community, they may extend their stay.
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