Churches band together to help D'Iberville fire victims

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Two D'Iberville churches have gathered plenty of donations for those who lost everything in Tuesday's Arbor View Apartment fire.

Curtis Davis, who pastors Bridge Community Church, has partnered with Pastor Raymond Grabert and Big Ridge Baptist Church. Now, the fellowship hall of Big Ridge Baptist Church is overflowing with donations.

"In a way blown away, but not surprised. D'Iberville and South Mississippi stepped up to the plate, and they have overwhelmingly supported these families," said Davis.

For Grabert seeing the donations, like baby clothes and toys to personal hygiene products, is just a reminder that these victims lost it all.

"This is the first time I've seen something as far as a local fire that has affected so many people at one time," said Grabert.

The late night fire demolished 20 apartment units and displaced about 20 families.

"I've even heard it compared to Katrina for these families, because they've lost everything," said Davis.

The community has made a huge effort to help these families, but now the church is looking for more than just clothing.

"We are in need of just household items, dishes, linens, towels, bed sheets, etc," said Davis.

Davis said in addition to what they don't have, they are willing to compile extra things for victims as well. As these families struggle to rebuild, Grabert encourages the community to keep them in your thoughts.

"The person in need is the person whom we're supposed to reach out to, regardless of who they are. We need to help them," said Grabert.

The donation center will be open at Big Ridge Baptist Church on Lamey Bridge Road through March 15. The schedule is Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., this Saturday and next Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

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