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OK Baptist Disaster Relief crews provide meals for wildfire firefighters

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers talk with firefighters on the scene of a wildfire in Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers talk with firefighters on the scene of a wildfire in Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]

 

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers talk with firefighters on the scene of a wildfire in Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers talk with firefighters on the scene of a wildfire in Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]


Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief crews have been helping feed fire fighters working to control wildfires in western Oklahoma.
A disaster relief unit which had been stationed at the State Capitol during the two-week teacher walkout, left the capitol and went directly to Woodward..  A feeding unit from First Baptist Church of Hooker joined the feeding efforts.

“These firefighters were working 12 hours shifts and took five minutes or less to eat, so we delivered food to them out in the fields,” Don Williams, state director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, said in a news release.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers gather water and other items to bring to firefighters working in western Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers gather water and other items to bring to firefighters working in western Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]


Williams said an estimated 150 firefighters were fed near Woodward. First Baptist Church of Leedey, Rhea Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Erick and Martha Road Baptist church in Altus all played vital roles in organizing feeding efforts alongside the Great Plains Baptist Association, he said.

Monday, disaster relief assessors traveled to the towns where hundreds of thousands of acres burned. The assessors are surveying the damage and offering help to those affected by the fires.

Once assessors complete their work, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief planned to send “ash out” crews to help homeowners recover belongings from damaged homes. Oklahoma Baptist chaplains will work to offer emotional support in communities that were in the path of the wildfires.

“Fire is a devastating thing because once it hits your home, it looks like nothing is there,” Williams said. “That’s when we come in to offer a helping hand to homeowners by helping them find keepsakes or pictures or anything that might be of value to them.”

Williams said Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief leaders are actively monitoring weather in Eastern Oklahoma and other parts of the state.

“We are honored to serve people in need, and we do so in the name of Jesus Christ,” he said.

First Baptist Churchof Leedey and Rhea Baptist Church joined Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief efforts and fed firefighters. Rhea Baptist Church was established as a disaster relief command center for the fire in Leedey. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]
First Baptist Churchof Leedey and Rhea Baptist Church joined Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief efforts and fed firefighters. Rhea Baptist Church was established as a disaster relief command center for the fire in Leedey. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]



For the latest updates or to make a tax-deductible donation to Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, go to www.OKDisasterHelp.org.

Posted by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor

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Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers gather water and other items to bring to firefighters working in western Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers gather water and other items to bring to firefighters working in western Oklahoma. [Photo provided by Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief]

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Carla Hinton

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... Read more ›

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