Churches to host holiday meal for tornado victims
by Terra Temple
Dec 18, 2013 | 367 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As residents of Brookport, Unionville and Shady Grove continue to put their lives back together a month after being hit by an EF-3 tornado, two Brookport congregations are banning together to provide them a little relief.

Members of Third & Crockett Church of Christ and North Crockett Church of Christ and their friends will host a complimentary holiday meal from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Crockett Church of Christ, located at 508 N. Crockett St.

All who were victimized by the Nov. 17 tornado are invited.

“We want to help lift people up, to bring a little sunshine into the lives and families of those who were damaged by the tornado,” said Bill Hensley, minister of the North Crockett congregation. “We want to show our love and compassion to those who suffered loss of property and damage of homes and hopefully bring some joy in the midst of this disaster by providing them a holiday dinner.”

The meal will consist of barbecued ham, baked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, bread/rolls, water/lemonade/tea and dessert.

“There will be a lot of food. Both congregations are preparing it and paying for it so it will not cost (attendees) anything,” said Kenton Smith, a minister at Third & Crockett.

The idea for the meal came together some 10 days ago.

“Brother Hensley knew there was a lot going on here and felt a need to help bring the community a little closer together. We hope we can get to know some of the folks we don’t really know and let them know we’re here and we care. He thought a holiday dinner might help with that,” Smith said.

With both buildings a block a part, “we’ve always tried to help each other in the past,” Smith said. And by both congregations working together, it “shows the community that the blacks and whites care about each other and we’re trying to work together to help people no matter what.”

While neither building suffered damage from the tornado, members from both congregations suffered loss — either from severe damage to their homes or physically. Charles George, a member at North Crockett, remains at an Indiana hospital recovering from injuries. His wife, Kathy, who was also a member at North Crockett, was one of three killed in the tornado.

“People have been so good to help those members of the church who have been victimized,” Hensley said. “We want to reach out to our community — we want them to know we’re thinking about them and are here for them.”

One of those ways has been the Church of Christ Disaster Recovery trailer that has been set up at Third & Crockett. Smith, who has been locally overseeing the work, said aid is still available to those who suffered loss from the tornado.

“We’re still down here,” he said.

Two tractor-trailers have brought supplies and a third is expected possibly by year’s end. Smith said those tornado victims who need assistance can contact him at 270-969-0948.

“We’ll be talking to people Saturday asking if they need anything else or will need any help in future as far as other things go,” Smith said.

He noted that several tornado victims are at a stand-still until they hear from their insurance.

While the supply trailer has plenty of clothes, food, cleaning supplies, blankets, pillows, sheets, rakes, shovels, brooms and mops, “one thing we really need are mattresses/box springs, those were gone within two days. We also needs chests of drawers and kitchen tables,” Smith said.

For more information about Saturday’s meal, contact Hensley at 270-994-1494 or 270-442-5670; North Crockett minister James George at 564-2323; Smith at 270-969-0948; or leave a message at 564-2843.
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