St. Francisville church hopes to help victims in Oklahoma with drive

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 11:39am

Not everyone can go to Oklahoma to help with disaster relief, but one local community is doing what they can right here in Louisiana.

“They (the victims) do need communities to come together and collect things that they will desperately need," said St. Francisville resident Kevin Cheatham.

The First Baptist Church in St. Francisville, along with five other area churches, decided they needed to help.

“The items that they need are inexpensive items that are easy to get. I pray that folks will get out there and do what they can to get some of these basic items," said First Baptist Pastor, Joel Williams.

Cheatham remembers what things were like for him during Hurricane Katrina, "When we had to deal with Katrina, it was the little things that made the day bearable,” noted Cheatham.

Remembering that experience helped him really understand what it means to give.

"We want to the people up there to know that we do love them, and we will do everything we can within our power within our means to help them," said Cheatham.

On May 27, a truck cllecting goods will make its way through Louisiana, then head over to Moore, Oklahoma to hand out everything. However, Williams knows that victims are in need of more than just physical items.

“We are doing this not just to meet the physical needs or emotional needs, but most importantly, to minster the spiritual needs of those folks,” said Pastor Williams.

Cheatham is happy he can make some sort contribution to the town of Moore.

"There are so many things that are so bad and so difficult, emotionally," stated Cheatham. "Anything you can give that will give them some normalcy is appreciated”.

Others are stepping up to help. Raising Cane's made a donation to the Red Cross. They're also collecting cash and credit card donations at their restaurants.

The First Baptist Church in St. Francisville is collecting items for the rest of the week, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - noon and and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Some of the items needed are:

Paper towels
Napkins
Toilet paper
Styrofoam cups
Plastic cups
Plastic knives, forks, spoons
Gatorage
Diapers
Wipes
Large trash bags
Hand Sanitizer

*Please don’t bring clothes or bottled water.

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