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Southern Baptists sending aid to tornado victims

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Southern Baptists in metro Atlanta are doing their part to help victims of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma. Supplies and volunteers are on their way to the tornado ravaged community of Moore, Okla.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief communications coordinator Beth Bootz' heart skipped a beat when she heard where the twister struck.

"It did because when I heard Moore, Oklahoma, that is… my sister lives on the Moore Oklahoma City line," said Bootz.

After a sleepless night of seeing pictures of the destruction on TV, Beth eventually contacted her sister by text and her mother on the phone.

Beth is grateful to be among the church's disaster relief volunteers who will minister to tornado victims in her hometown.

"I can't explain really in words what that means. It just means so much to me that I am able to check on my family. Yet, that is my work too," said Bootz.

The North American Mission Board already has volunteers on the ground in Oklahoma and more relief is on the way. The group is sending a mobile command center as well as an 18-wheeler loaded down with pallets of water and roofing tarp. They're also sending items to help console victims of the tornado.

"We'll have chaplains on the scene. We've loaded some Bibles on the truck as well, and we actually have some teddy bears for children that we take in. So that's all part of what we do when we arrive as well," said Mike Ebert of the North American Mission Board.

Volunteers were busy on Tuesday loading the truck with disaster relief supplies. Executive director Fritz Wilson says it's a big job, but the church is up to it.

"Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is as large as the other two major response volunteer groups, which is the American Red Cross and Salvation Army," Fritz said.

They say that they couldn't fulfill that role without the financial support of their parishioners.

Officials with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief say that they are accepting financial donations so they can meet the specific needs of tornado victims in Oklahoma. If you would like to help their ministry, visit: www.namb.net

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