Texas Baptist Men deployed for New York City in wake of Sandy

DALLAS – Texas Baptist Men deployed several units – including a feeding unit capable of serving up to 30,000 meals a day – to serve in New York in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Texas Baptist Men volunteers prepared to deploy to New York to help with disaster relief after superstorm Sandy.
The organization's state feeding unit and a shower/laundry unit departed Dallas Nov. 2. Mud out and chainsaw teams are expected to leave Texas for New York on Nov. 3. TBM leaders expect to continue responding for "several months" in the wake a storm that killed 92 people in the U.S. and caused between $30-50 billion in damage. Millions of people remain without electricity, and food is running in short in some areas.

Terry Henderson, who coordinates TBM's disaster relief efforts, will be serving in New York City helping coordinate the Baptist relief effort. TBM also has been asked to coordinate childcare in the area.

Ray Gann, blue cap of the feeding unit, said TBM volunteers are motivated to minister following disaster because they desire to share the love of Christ with people in need. The meals and services TBM will provide will give practical assistance to people. The hope of Christ that TBM will share will have an eternal impact.

"We're going to go and feed and provide food for people," Gann said. "In the spiritual [side], we desire to go and show the presence of God to them and love in that. That will feed them longer forever than a hot meal in one day."

TBM disaster relief relies entirely on donations to make the ministry possible. There are two ways to support Texas Baptist Men. Individuals can give directly to Texas Baptist Men by visiting or sending a check designated "disaster relief" to Texas Baptist Men, 5351 Catron, Dallas 75227.

Individuals also can give through Texas Baptists by visiting Gifts through Texas Baptists help TBM as well as the extended disaster recovery efforts that will take place of the initial relief stage is finished.

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