Church group bringing in volunteers to help in flood relief efforts

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ELLISVILLE, MO (KTVI) - The back parking lot of the First Baptist Church in Ellisville has been transformed into a command center for flood relief efforts. The Southern Baptist Convention has provided disaster relief services around the world, and the Missouri Baptist Convention is heading up the effort in the St. Louis area.

Dwain Carter is leading the effort. He expects nearly 500 trained volunteers to be in St. Louis by the end of the week. Flood victims needing debris removal, sheet rock removal, power washing, and sanitizing can call 1-800-993-1342 or 1-573-645-6795. They can also send an email to help@mobaptistdr.org.

“We don’t accept money. We don’t ask for money. We just want to bring hope, help and healing to those in need in the middle of a disaster,” Carter said.

Volunteers heat up food and place hot meals in containers for the American Red Cross. The containers keep the food from turning cold by the time it reaches flood victims.

“We cooked 2,700 meals one day,” Carter said.

A makeshift kitchen is set up in a parking lot tent. Volunteers all go through training. Several campers house a range of equipment and services.

Carter said volunteers will be in the St. Louis area for the next 4-8 weeks. He says more than 2,000 homes were flooded in the St. Louis area.

“It’s just one of those things that once it gets in your blood, I cannot imagine being able to sit at home and not do this,” she said.