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Oklahoma Baptists prepare mobile kitchen site in Moore; other houses of worship respond to disaster

Oklahoma Baptists prepare mobile kitchen site in Moore; other houses of worship respond to disaster
by Carla Hinton Published: May 21, 2013

— Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams were headed to Moore late Monday as search and rescue efforts continued in the neighborhoods affected by a deadly tornado.

Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, stood in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 NE 27, coordinating relief efforts that will include a mobile kitchen and feeding unit set up at the church.

Porter said volunteers would begin preparing meals for the Salvation Army and Red Cross to distribute Tuesday, but he was unsure how many people they would feed.

“We may need 20,000 meals a day. We may need 100,000 — I just don't know what we need yet,” he said.

Porter said Baptist disaster relief teams spent Sunday and Monday in several storm-ravaged locations throughout the state, including Shawnee, Edmond and Little Axe.

He said chain saw teams to help residents clear trees and debris, as well as cleanup teams to help residents sift through storm-damaged residences, would be needed in Moore. Porter said about 80 disaster relief volunteers, including 10 chaplains, were deployed as a result of storms Sunday.

Meanwhile, Christiann Anderson, an administrator at Oakcrest Church of Christ, 1111 SW 89, was compiling a list of people whose relatives had called the church in search of them.

She said the church provided shelter after a May 3, 1999, tornado disaster and opened its building again Monday as an emergency shelter.

“We knew we would get the word out that we would be a refuge,” Anderson said. “It was kind of a given.”

Also Monday, Ovadia Goldman, rabbi of Chabad Jewish Center of Oklahoma City, said the center at 3000 W Hefner Road would open as an emergency shelter. He said the center is equipped to accommodate families.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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