In the spring of 2008 plans were put in place to start Disaster Assistance CoC. Here is a recap of our work so far. On September 6, 2008 I left Florida for Goodwood Church of Christ in Baton Rouge. We spent a little over 2 weeks there setting up bible studies, handing out food boxes and supplies and cooking meals for the people affected by Gustav. Then Ike hit Texas and we move to Lake Jackson, TX and setup at the Lake Jackson Church of Christ. There we did the same things we were doing at Goodwood. Serving meals at the church, taking to go meals out into the community and than preparing meals and taking them to Surfside and serving them there. We held church services there at Surfside two Sundays. From here we moved on to Galveston, TX and setup up at the Broadway Church of Christ. This turned out to be a real challenge. There still was no electric there at the church and everything in the church building had been removed because of the flooding. We setup outside on the street and sidewalk than started cooking with the power of generators using roasters. El Campo Church of Christ brought us a refrigerator/freezer that ran off a generator also. This effort quickly grew until we were serving between 800 and 1000 meals each day. This was made possible only because of the help of many volunteers and churches two numerous to mention because I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out. From there we headed over to Port Bolivar and setup up at the Bolivar fire station. The Church of Christ there at Crystal Beach was totally destroyed by the storm. Many truck loads of supplies were passed out and 39083 meals were served. I headed back home on December 6.
Our next mission was in Murfreesboro, TN where we worked with the Kingwood Heights Church of Christ after the tornado there. Much cleanup done, 1804 meals served and many loads of other supplies were handed out.
Than a few weeks later we were off to Hemly Road Church of Christ in Bayou La Batre, AL, to spend a week of follow up Evangelism work there. 21 bible studies and 460 meals served.
The next mission was working with the Rossville CoC in Rossville, GA helping the people affected by the flood. The results of these missions were hundreds of Bible Studies were setup, numerous Baptisms, 14 semi loads of food and supplies were passed out and over 1285 meals were cooked and served. 2010 started off with a bang. We went to Yazoo City, MS on 4/15 and was there 8 days. We served 1531 meals and Don had 30 bible studies going on.
From there we went to Nashville, TN to help after the flood. We worked with Antioch and Western Hills Church of Christ and with Lispcomb University. We were there 25 days, cooked 6371 meals. Don had many bible studies going on and volunteers worked on around 200 houses.
On 6/18 I went to Albert Lea CoC in MN and worked there after the tornado for a week. So far we have spent 9 weeks in Bayou La Batre helping the families affected by the oil spill. Served 5690 meals
January 1, 2011 I traveled to the Port Charlotte Church of Christ on the West Coast of Florida. I spent 31/2 months there doing fund raising projects and visiting churches.
On April 17, we traveled to Fayetteville, NC and worked with Helen St CoC after the tornado. We had over 40 bible studies setup, served 2566 meals and handed out many supplies.
We arrived in Tuscaloosa, AL on Thursday April 28th the day after the tornado hit. The following is what we accomplished. Over 150 Bible Studies Setup, 12 Baptisms, 42,866 Meals Served. Over 800 families helped with cleanup (chainsaw and other work). Many loads of other food, water and supplies handed out. Church building was completely torn down and hauled away. Furniture and appliances still being handed out.
We arrived in Smithville, TX on September 9 a few days after the fire and started working with Smithville Church of Christ. Around 1600 homes were destroyed and many others damaged. We setup at the Rec Center and served meals there until all people were moved out of the shelter. We than moved to Bastrop Church of Christ in Bastrop, TX. Over 1200 families were helped with food, cloths, water, furniture, appliances and many other supplies. 10,768 meals were served. The Bastrop CoC will continue to be one of the main distribution centers for the county well into 2012.
On March 3, 2012 we headed to Southern Indiana after tornadoes swept thru the area. We setup in Pekin IN. The seven weeks we were there over 1000 volunteers helped cleanup and repair damaged homes, deliver meals and handed out many loads of other supplies. 13,183 meals were served. We worked closely with Northside and Big Spring
CoC. Martinsburg and Borden CoC were very involved also.
Left for Colorado Springs on June 27, 2012. Was there 4 weeks setup up at ground zero. We had many
volunteers helping those owners who’s houses were burned clean up and sift thru ashes. Prepared
and handed out 1249 meals plus many other food items and supplies. We were working with
Mountain View CoC had volunteers from there and many other churches helping.
Sept/Oct – We spent 7 weeks working after Hurricane Isaac in LaPlace LA. 15787 meals were served, over 40 families were helped with cleanup/repairs and many other boxes of food and supplies were handed out.
The end of Oct we headed north to NJ/NY for Hurricane Sandy. We started in Hoboken NJ and moved to Far Rockaway NY. 22,588 meals were served in a little over 6 weeks. The week of Christmas we had over 50 volunteers helping install sheetrock in LaPlace LA. In NY we were working with Long Island Church of Christ on our Christmas for the Kids program. Many gift cards from ToysRUs were handed out to the families that leaders and other members of Long Island CoC were conducting Bible studies with. They have between 350 – 400 families that they are going to be following up with. Normally after a storm like Hurricane Sandy we would be setup and helping for many months, but because of the extreme weather conditions and lack of housing for volunteers we are modifying our program. Rather than buying supplies to cook meals we are purchasing groceries and other supplies for the leaders of Long Island CoC to take to the families they are having Bible Studies with. Long Island CoC is also trying to arrange housing so volunteers will be able to come and help with cleanup and installation of sheetrock.
We headed to Hattiesburg MS on Monday 2/11/13 after the tornado the day before. It was a F4 that damaged over 2000 homes of which over 200 were destroyed. We setup at the Kensington Woods Church of Christ and worked with them for 4 weeks. 13,741 meals were handed out at the church and delivered into the community. Other food boxes and supplies were handed out at the church and Kensington Woods continues to follow up with over 1000 families for bible studies and other needs (furniture, appliances and cleanup)
April 2013 we headed to West Church of Christ to help after the explosion. While we were there a tornado hit in Cleburne TX about 45 miles from where we were in West. We took meals there to help for a few days while still setup at West CoC. Then before we were finished another tornado hit in Moore OK, we loaded up food and supplies for the 4 day Memorial weekend to serve 9000 meals. We were setup in both locations for about two weeks then moved everything to Central Church of Christ in Moore OK. While in West we served 10,201 meals and handed out many truck loads of supplies. We were setup at Central CoC for 3 months, served 67,003 meals, helped around 400 families with cleanup and repairs, handed out other food and supplies to 3000 families. While we were there over 1000 volunteers came from all over the USA, stayed with us there at Central and helped with all areas of our work.
The second week of September we headed to Evans Colorado to help with the flooding. We setup in the Dairy Specialist parking and was working with Westview, Columbine and Windsor Church of Christ. We handed out 15,944 meals, many semi loads of other food and supplies and helped many families clean up their homes. Many church members delivered food and supplies door to door and had conducted many bible studies.
November we started helping in the Philippines after Typhoon. We are working with several CoC groups and building many houses and handing out supplies.
On 4/28 I left Indiana for Mayflower AR to help with the tornado damage. Before I arrived there floods hit in the Florida Panhandle. I arrived at the Mayflower Church and got things setup and left some of our equipment and 5 of our experienced volunteers that has helped us many times stayed there in Mayflower while I headed to Pensacola. We setup at the Gateway Church of Christ and also worked with Gulf Breeze CoC. In just 3 weeks combined at both locations we served over 16,000 meals handed out many loads of supplies and help with cleanup and mucking of houses.
2014-Ongoing full time work in the Philippines. Purchased materials for repairing and rebuilding homes and church buildings. Donated van and small boat for delivery of materials, supplies and getting families to worship and lively hood projects. Weekly support for mission work in Eastern Samar. Purchased food, clothing and other supplies to be handed out to those in need after the Typhoon. Over 100 Baptisms.
4/17/15-I drove to Fairdale IL to help after the tornado there. We delivered 4011 meals to home owners affected by the storm and to volunteers. We were setup at ground zero(Fairdale) for the first 3 days and at the Monroe Center Fire station for the rest of the time. We helped in Fairdale for about 2 weeks.
On 5/11/15 I headed to Van Church of Christ in Van TX to help after the Tornado there. We were there for 2 weeks and was ready to leave when a Tornado hit in Henderson TX. We loaded up supplies and headed to South Main Church of Christ in Henderson TX. Again we were there for 2 weeks. At both locations we delivered meals each day to those affected by the storms and to the volunteers that were helping with clean up and repairs. At both Churches members and other volunteers handed out water, food, cleaning supplies and many other items that were donated by groups and people who dropped them off almost on a daily basis. Between both locations we prepared 13,414 meals. Just before I left Van we made arrangements with IDES to supply materials for sheds to be installed at homes who had damaged, there were a total of 20 sheds setup by Van Church members, other volunteers and IDES.
On Saturday 10/4, we headed to Southeast Knoxville, TN and waited at RV park until the roads were open so we could travel to Palmetto Church of Christ in Columbia SC. There we setup our operations to help those families that were affected by the Flooding. While we were setup at Palmetto CoC we were also coordinating work with West Columbia, Windsor Lake, Long Creek, Sunset Blvd. and Lexington Churches of Christ. Over the next 7 weeks we helped with the following, prepared and delivered 19,771 meals, outreach program that setup and conducted several bible studies, handed out several loads of donated supplies, had many volunteers helping with cleanup and repairs of the flooded homes, arranged with (IDES) to deliver and help setup several storage buildings and purchased and delivered many small appliances and kitchenware’s to families in need.
Tuesday 12/29 we arrived in the Dallas TX area to help with the tornado needs. We setup at the Eastridge Church of Christ in Rockwall. Over the next 23 days we prepared and delivered 32,608 meals into the damaged areas and to families that were forced to stay in hotels. We also purchased small appliances/kitchen wares that were given to 25 families that had moved into temp housing or getting ready to. Many wonderful volunteers from Eastridge CoC, local area and out of towners helped to make this possible.
2/28/16 I flew into Pensacola FL following a Tornado. We setup at the Gateway Church of Christ and purchased supplies and food for 2779 meals. Many Gateway members helped with meal prep and delivery others helped with cleanup and repairs.
3/14 We purchased supplies and personal items for the flood victims in Monroe, LA. These items were handed out by Forsythe Church of Christ.
3/28/16 I headed to Clarksdale, MS to help after the flooding. While there we prepared & served 11,985 meals. Don Hudson conducted several Bible Studies and turned over the information to the McKinley Ave Church of Christ when he left. Also many cleanup kits and water that was donated by IDES was handed out. On the 23 of April we left for Houston TX to help after the flooding there. We setup at the Highland Heights CoC and cooked and served 6592 meals in just 3 weeks.
7/1/16 we headed to White Sulphur Springs WV to help after the flooding. In only 5+ weeks we prepared and delivered 15,462 meals, conducted many bible studies, handed out many donated supplies and prepared and handed out many totes full of Small Kitchen Appliances and Kitchen Wares.
8/17/16 we were on our way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to help after the flooding. In 40 days we prepared and delivered 50,595 meals. Many bible studies were conducted and we continued to help there thru December purchasing and handing out over $15,000.00 worth of small kitchen appliances/kitchen wares. We also purchased $14,000.00 of furniture and bedding which High Socks For Hope delivered. Volunteers also delivered many loads of donated supplies.
10/8/16 we left for St Augustine FL to help after Hurricane Matthew. We helped there for 3 days and headed up the coast to Lumberton, NC. Between the two locations we prepared and handed out 25,896 meals. While in Lumberton we were setup at the main distribution center for the city. There many loads of donated supplies were handed out daily. Also Don handed out several bibles. We were on this mission for 4 weeks.
12/8/16 I arrived in East Tennessee to help with the Smoky Mountain Fires. We handed out many tracks, 9913 meals ready for the home or hotel microwave and over 5000 other donated items(protein bars, stockings stuffed with gifts for all ages, bags of candy, Gatorade, chips and many other items. We helped Sevierville and Gatlinburg Churches of Christ move supplies and attended Gatlinburg CoC in their temp building the two Sundays we were there.
We are always prepared to leave for any disaster no matter where I am. The mobile headquarters I travel in has all of our cooking equipment and other supplies stored in it so we can be ready at any time.