TBM disaster relief volunteers bound for Iowa

DALLAS – A Texas Baptist Men disaster relief team left home July 5 to serve in the wake of flooding in Iowa. More volunteers will join them soon, and additional manpower may be needed.
By the end of the week, TBM Clean Out Coordinator Ernie Rice expects to have at least four teams of volunteers from across Texas cleaning out mud-caked homes.
A six-member team from Buna left July 5. A group of volunteers from Woodville will leave July 10. Additional teams from South Texas will leave this weekend. More volunteer teams likely will be needed in the future.
“It looks like we’re going to go down the river with it,” Rice said. “As long as we keep getting the calls and keep having people, we’re going to continue having a presence.”
In the wake of flooding in Iowa, 83 of the state’s 99 counties have been declared disaster areas. Nearly 4,000 homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were submerged. Flooding caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage in Cedar Rapids alone.
To support TBM disaster relief work, visit or send checks designated “disaster relief” to 5351 Catron, Dallas 75227.
 To support TBM by giving through the Baptist General Convention of Texas, send checks designated “disaster relief” to 333 N. Washington Ave., Dallas 75246. For information about serving as a volunteer with TBM, call (888) 826-0123.
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