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Church members help their own and their neighbors

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While members of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport are reaching out to help some of their own trying to recover from Hurricane Isaac, they are all also reaching out to residents in St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana.

"I'm going through the same thing at my home, my bedroom is gutted also, but my home is not as bad as there's," Patricia Silva said. "We went through that here, so we know how that feels."

Despite her own devastation Silva has donated money for cleaning supplies to help residents who are not as fortunate. She has family that lives in the Louisiana parish and they say they are not getting some of the help South Mississippi has been fortunate to receive.

"Red Cross and Salvation Army is not present in St. John the Parish Baptist Parish, I don't know why, so therefore my sisters went over," Silva said. "They have asked the family what else they need and they said cleaning supplies, due to the fact of the mold building up."

Church members have already collected and delivered clothes to Louisiana and are now collecting cleaning supplies.

Pastor Ken Braxton says while members continue to offer help to South Mississippi residents, he could not be more proud of his congregation for reaching out to neighbors in the same position.

"We have been blessed and fortunate to give back, of course as a result of Katrina we had many agencies, many churches come in and help us, now is our time to give back," Braxton said.

Those in the congregation say it just feels natural for them to help.

Gloria Byrd said, "We can certainly appreciate their struggle, we've been there. We know what it's like to be without, so how can we not give."

Silva said, "The bible says give and it shall be given upon you and I believe that."

If you would like to help the residents of St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana you can drop off cleaning supplies at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Wednesday and Thursday between 5pm and 8pm. If you are unable to but would like to donate, you can call the church at 228-864-5674.

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