Kristi Ludlow

Local church wants to make a difference in hurricane relief

Lakeside Baptist Church

Many groups, including Lakeside Baptist Church in Clearwater, are ready to help out with hurricane relief. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 26, 2011)

News 12 First at Five / Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

AIKEN -- Lakeside Baptist Church has several locations set up in Aiken County to gather supplies for hurricane relief.

Tom Turner has the right idea and is out volunteering to collect donations for hurricane victims.

"My time is not that valuable that I can't get out and do things for other people," Turner said.

Lakeside Baptist Church has other volunteers like Turner all over town lending out a helping hand.

"We are trying to get people the basic needs they need and make sure they have food to eat, water to drink and the basic needs, but it is very important that people come out and help," Turner said.

Lakeside's Pastor Tad Marshall says this hurricane is hitting close to home.

"I just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is a missionary pastor in the Bahamas; they took almost a direct hit from the hurricane on Wednesday evening and thank the Lord they are fine," Marshall said.

The scary thought that Hurricane Irene might hit South Carolina's coast prompted the church to action.

As of Friday morning, the church had collected about 100 cases of water in one day at the North Augusta Kroger and hopes this truck fills up by Sunday.

"We want to be on the scene as quick as possible -- if that could be Sunday evening or sometime Monday or Tuesday -- and simply distribute some supplies until some even larger organizations are in place to help also," Marshall said.

And if the hurricane isn't that destructive, the supplies will still be used in the future.

"If the hurricane doesn't do as much damage as what they think, then certainly we will take the supplies and use them because this is hurricane season -- there could be another one right behind this one," Marshall said.

Lakeside Baptist is partnering with Hearts with Hands and they are looking for anything from flashlights to cleaning supplies but are not taking clothes at the moment.

There are four places to drop off donations: the BBQ Barn, the North Augusta Kroger, Reid's and the Walgreens along Jefferson Davis Highway.


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