ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Several men pitched in Monday to load cases of water, diapers, paper products and toiletries onto a large trailer. The supplies were donated to Lemoyne Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Martin. The load of love and compassion will be heading to Church of the Highlands in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
"They can use it. They will appreciate anything," said Pastor Bill Renick. "I spoke to the church today and they said, 'We're ready. We're prepared. We will distribute it to those who need it.'"
The truck will leave once it is filled with relief supplies, non-perishable food items, and tools. The delivery to the disaster zone will be free, thanks to a Woolmarket truck driver.
"We had a man volunteer. He said, 'I'll provide the diesel. I'll provide the truck. I'll be the driver if you can make an appeal to the community to fill this truck. Then I'll drive it up there,'" said Brother Renick.
Not too long ago, the church was on the receiving end of generosity from total strangers. After the church flooded in Katrina, volunteers came in to help rebuild it, along with hundreds of homes. And for five years, the church served as a distribution center and housed more than 6,000 volunteers.
That's why next weekend, Alan Kuhn will join a team of church volunteers on a relief mission. They will gather their tools to help rebuild homes in tornado-ravaged areas around Meridian, MS.
"I've experienced it myself with water being in my home and know how devastating it is. To actually have people step in at that time means everything. You need that spark of hope," said Kuhn.
"Some of the same words used there were used here, like, 'A bomb hit.' 'We lost everything.' 'Nothing but a slab left,'" said Brother Renick. "Of course, those who lost loved ones, horrible, horrible. So we need to pray for them as well."
Lemoyne Boulevard Baptist Church plans to make more deliveries, as long the donations keep coming in. You can donate at the church from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM from Monday through Saturday.