Faith communities sending help to flooded areas

Published: Aug. 28, 2017 at 5:13 PM EDT
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East Tennessee faith communities are mobilizing efforts to help flood victims in South Texas and any other affected coastal areas.

The Holston Conference of United Methodist Churches is asking all of its churches to collect buckets full of cleaning supplies to send to the area. The buckets contain cleaners, as well as gloves, clotheslines and other basics for people cleaning out flood-soaked homes.

The churches also collect supplies for hygiene kits with items like toothpaste that can help people living in shelters.

The Knox County Association of Baptists has dozens of volunteers on standby to travel to the area for help with disaster efforts such as working on mass feeding units.

The Sullivan County Baptist Association was in alert status Monday with its 53-foot tractor trailer unit that can feed up to 45,000 hot meals each day. It is waiting for orders from the American Red Cross.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville plans on taking up special collections for flood victims over the first two weekends in September.

“I have been watching the news reports of the hurricane’s impact. The level of destruction is difficult to comprehend,” said Bishop Richard Stika. “I know that people from all over the United States and other countries are reaching out to help. I have asked the Catholic community of East Tennessee, through our 51 parishes and mission churches, to come together over the next two weekends, and help raise money to assist those who have lost loved ones and property.”

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