Relief donations

Hours for donations to help storm victims at the reception center of Pickens Baptist Association are:

  • May 18 – closed
  • May 19 – 9am-2pm
  • May 20 – 9am-5pm
  • May 21 – 9am-2pm
  • May 22 – closed
  • May 23 – 9am-2pm
  • May 24 – 9am-2pm
  • May 25 – closed

It is very possible that we will not be receiving donations here after this date. But donations can be taken to the Baptist Center in Stansel from 9 to 2pm on weekdays.

Reform Community Meeting with FEMA Team

Reform Community Meeting with FEMA Team on Thursday, May 26 at 7pm at First Baptist Church Reform, Alabama. Everyone invited. Those with storm damage are urged to attend. The process for applying for assistance will be moderated during the event.

Alabama Tornado Relief 2011 – Update: May 11

We had the FEMA workers visit the office on Tuesday afternoon.  They seemed pleased with our efforts, our processes and the responses we are getting.  (We had just received about 10,000 tshirts from Carruso Christian T’s, very nice ones.)

Bob Little and Ron Davis from ALSBOM toured the sites in Sumter and Greene Counties.  Bob will be providing us with lists of things needed.  We are planning to make deliveries this weekend.  Any of our churches sending workers out are encouraged to find out needs and get them filled with items here at the PBA.

FEMA plans to have a worker with us for our next pastors’ breakfast, Tuesday May 17 at 9 am.  The worker will explain the process for getting help with repair etc on homes.  I hope that pastors, or a representative, from churches with members needing to apply for FEMA help will be present.

Today we had a visit from Red Cross Workers.  We talked about the need for having shelters identified and resources in place for them here in Pickens.  We sent them on to visit with the folk at Reform City Hall.

Alabama Tornado Relief 2011 – Update: May 10, 2011

relief items organized
The pastors decided at the prayer breakfast that we proceed as quickly and efficiently as we can to dispense the goods being received at the PBA to people in need. Our target areas continue to be Geiger, Tishabee/Forkland, Sipsey and Reform. The focus will be on food, paper goods, personal care and summer clothes. If any of our churches who are going to other impacted communities or who have “refugees” staying in their community have needs for any of these items, let us know.

We will store some of the excess on the large trailer that we have at the PBA. We have received 360 insulted cups today and 5 pallets of Christian T-shirts. We could use some help storing them this afternoon, it looks like. Call the office to check on this.

I participated in a conference phone call from the state convention and DoAMs this morning. We heard from several of the missionaries working in the high impact area. Heard some miracle stories. We need to get ready to transition into other phases. Here are some possibilities for us here in PBA:

  • Resettling persons who are forced out of Tuscaloosa
  • Providing places for volunteers who come to rebuild to stay during the summer—this would most likely be in the Gordo and the Aliceville areas.
  • Plan to take our blockparty trailer and the clowns and workers to some impacted communities this summer and fall.
  • Help those who have been damaged to work with FEMA for help.
  • Continue to provide goods to persons as they resettle and get started up again.
  • If Habitat comes to rebuild homes in our area, we will seek to help as needed.
  • And we will be open to helping churches destroyed in the area to rebuild.
  • We need to work with Kenny Gibson and EMA to set up a disaster plan with shelters and supplies. He was not able to attend the breakfast today, so we will reissue the invitation. I have heard that FEMA will be setting up here tomorrow. So, Kenny should have more info for us on next Tuesday.

Alabama Tornado Relief 2011 – Update: May 9, 2011

Pickens County WomanI have confirmation of why the leaders of Pickens County in 1927 erected a memorial statue on the courthouse lawn of a woman working on knitting needed items. This was and is a very unusual monument. Few other courthouse lawns have similar monuments. THE WOMEN OF PICKENS COUNTY ARE WORKERS AND KNOW HOW TO GET IMPORTANT THINGS DONE. Today we have honored one such woman, Gaye Pate, at a memorial service. Several are working through donations coming in here.

We have received many donations from several sources which the women of Pickens County have been sorting by size and packaging to send along to victims of the April Tornadoes. Presently, we are targeting three rural communities:

  • Geiger—the mayor and Mt. Calvary, along with Bob Little are our contact persons who are letting us know what is needed and who are getting stuff to those in need in that community. This morning we sent some stuffed animals from West End down, along with some personal care items, cleaning materials and first aid supplies.
  • Forkland-Tishabee—we are working with New Friendship and Christian Valley with Bob Little being our contact person. He will be bringing a list of needs to breakfast tomorrow. We will send the needed supplies down later in the week.
  • Sipsey—Mt Pleasant has been leading our response to the needs of that community and that church, along with Highland, has been working up there, providing food and lots of love. We are committed to work through these churches to supply resources to that community. They can do followup work related to salvation and discipleship.

Our Arbor Springs Church is helping the Boley Springs community in Fayette. We will provide some supplies from what we have collected to support that effort..

Friendship Church is working with Chapel Hill and with Hackleburg. They have some teams coming in May 15 and could use help with

Carrollton and Reform First have been working with Rosedale in Tuscaloosa.

Stansel has teamed with Five Points to deliver supplies.

Our Disaster Relief Team has worked around Reform and will go to Zion next week. Gordo First has worked in Zion and elsewhere. Aliceville First has also worked in Zion. (I am sure that there are other efforts that should be included here. Let me know so that they can be.)

Terry Billings is keeping frozen food at his processing plant. He is taking some of this to Sawyerville. He is willing to slaughter beef for the folk who need food. He also shared that he would also keep and distribute frozen vegetables. We may share some of the items coming to the PBA with Sawyerville.

I am hearing that there is a great need for cleaning supplies. We have received materials Emmanuel, Calvary, West End, New Salem, St. Johns, Shady Grove and other churches. We have also gotten some cash and checks.

I see this as a several month ministry with the focus changing as recovery happens. Also, we are already having “refugees” from Tuscaloosa and elsewhere resettle, at least temporarily in Pickens County. We will be called upon to help them with items from the Baptist Center.