OKLAHOMA CITY–In the wake of tornadoes and severe storms on May 19, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers are already making an impact. Here is more key information.

Capital Baptist Assoc. is in transit to the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee (1700 W Independence St, Shawnee, OK 74804), which will be the Incident Command Center for the BGCO’s DR. The volunteers plan to have a lunch today (May 20). Teams are preparing food not only for Shawnee, but also plan to transport food to Carney, Prague and Norman.

Other service efforts happening include:

  • There are two DR chainsaw teams based out of the Shawnee operations center.
  • A laundry trailer is being set up at Carney, First (207 N Carney St, Carney, OK)
  • Two chainsaw teams are working in the Edmond area

The BGCO is currently not taking clothing donations. Monetary donations are the best help at this point. Go to www.bgco.org/donate.

Donations, such as bottled water, work gloves, boots, flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food (NO CLOTHES at this time) can be taken to:

News 9 at 7401 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
These donations will be taken to the Regional Food Bank to be distributed when workers can access the affected areas.

Many area churches are taking donations.  Below is a list of a few in different areas of the metro:

  • Edmond, First
  • Bethany, Council Road
  • OKC, Cherokee Hills
  • OKC, Capitol Hill
  • Moore, First
  • OKC, Eagle Heights
  • Bryan Association in Durant

To assist with hands-on volunteering, you must have current certification with BGCO’s DR operation. Training seminars for the Spring have been completed and the next training offered is the fall of 2013.

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