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Churches preparing for hurricane relief

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

As Hurricane Florence sends rains and floods into the Carolinas, members of local churches are preparing to head to the area to lend a helping hand.

PTC Ministries Pastor Ron Russell said that PTC, Crosspointe Biker Church and maybe others will go to the area as soon as they know where the hurricane hit and as soon as cleaning up can begin.

“We know several people in that region,” he said. “If the storm leaves the area quickly, we will likely pull out early Thursday morning.”

PTC has been going on clean-up missions previously. Crosspointe joined for the past two trips, first to Louisiana after flood waters left many homes underwater and then following Hurricane Harvey in Texas a year ago. Calvary Baptist Church and Higher Praise Worship Center joined on the trip to Texas.

Crosspointe will take its cooking equipment to provide food for the workers and for people in the area who may be homeless following the storm.

On the past trips, the collecting of items did not begin until after the storm passed. Russell said the churches will begin collecting items even as Hurricane Florence is in the area.

“We want to get there as soon as possible because mold will begin forming within 48 hours,” he said. “If we get there early, maybe we can help from having so much mold.”

Beginning Monday morning, donations for the trip will be accepted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the PTC Family Life Center, 1892 W. Indiana 44. The items need to be at the church by Wednesday afternoon so everything can be packed in trailers for the trip.

When water gets into a home, it gets behind the walls. The only way to get the mold out of the house is to remove the walls, carpets and furniture.

Russell said if the storm hangs over the Carolinas, as some predict might happen, the trip will be delayed until the storm is out of the area.


Donations for a trip to help victims of Hurricane Florence accepted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the PTC Family Life Center, 1892 W. Indiana 44. 

Here's a list of what will be helpful.

• Hygiene items: shampoo/conditioner, body soap, sponges to wash with, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shaving cream, razors and feminine hygiene products;

• Non-perishable food items and water;

• Dog and cat food;

• Baby items: diapers, wipes, lotion, bath shampoo’s and soaps, baby powder, diaper rash cream, infant and children's Tylenol and baby foods;

• Household items: paper goods (plates, cups, napkins, forks, etc.), toilet paper, paper towels and new blankets;

• Cleaning supplies: anti-bacterial wipes, Lysol spray, all-purpose cleaner, bleach, dish soap, laundry soap/softener, gloves, mops, brooms, dust pans, trash bags and buckets;

• First aid items: (mixture of travel and full size) cotton balls, Band-Aids, Neosporin, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, Benadryl, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, bug spray, and sunscreen; and


• Tools: fans, safety glasses, yard rakes, scoop shovels, garden sprayers, working gloves, face masks and 5-gallon buckets.