Georgia sends supplies, volunteers, prayers to Oklahoma | News
ALPHARETTA, Ga. --The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is among the organizations in metro Atlanta sending volunteers and supplies to tornado ravaged Oklahoma.
A half dozen disaster specialists with the Southern Baptist's North American Mission Board are either in Oklahoma or on their way. Volunteers spent the day loading a truck with bottled water, tarps, and Bibles.
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"It just as well could have happened to my family," said volunteer Dan Yackel. "I ask God to use us and all the volunteers responding in the most compassionate way."
Yackell has responded to disasters before. On this trip, he'll be joined by his wife and dog.
Chloe is a service dog who will be in Oklahoma to offer comfort to tornado victims.
Bonnie Yackell is a Chaplain who will offer a sympathetic ear.
"Allow them to tell their stories, allow them to tell their concerns and vent," said Yackel. "Just a sounding board."
The American Red Cross has a large group of volunteers ready to go. Among those who will soon be on the way is Anne Foote, who is responding to her nineteenth disaster.
"We've had 200 people who've raised their hand and stated they're ready to go," said Foote.
At Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, members paused on Tuesday afternoon to lift tornado victims in prayer.
"I've been very shaken by the images from Oklahoma, and probably feel I need God more," said church member Chris Pomar.
Rev. Michael Sullivan's said his prayer message was to remind everyone that God is with Oklahoma.
"We ask God to transform us, and put us in a place of action so we can help those in need," said Sullivan.