>> by FNBT Communications & Messenger Staff
CHICKASHA—Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers recently returned to Houston to install drywall in nearly 500 homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, and thanks to employees of First National Bank & Trust Co. (FNBT) in Chickasha, DR volunteers received financial support needed to serve in Houston.
Checks from bank employees—with a 2-1 match from the bank—totaling $6,345 were presented on Wed., Nov. 22 to Don Williams, state DR director.
“This is a wonderful gift just before the holidays,” Williams said to the check presenters. “We’ve been in Puerto Rico for weeks, and Houston for months. We’re making a huge dent in meeting these needs. Your employees’ help is greatly appreciated.”
Williams shared a story from the hurricane efforts in which they helped a home owner named Ernest. His property was completely molded and infested. Because of the support of Oklahoma DR, Williams said they are able to serve many other people like Ernest whose homes were greatly affected.
The packet of checks was presented by John Gorton, President and CEO, along with Candace Jones, assistant vice president for appraisals and security.
“We are honored to participate in this heroic work,” Gorton said. “We’re impressed with the integrity and efficiency we see in the Disaster Relief effort.”
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is currently accepting teams of volunteers to serve in the Houston area. Those interested in volunteering can contact Marianne VanZandt at 405/942-3800 Ext. 4336.
For more information on DR efforts or to make a donation, visit www.okdisasterhelp.org/donate.