Church groups team with Red Cross for Sandy relief

November 5, 2012 4:09:12 PM PST
A partnership between church groups and the Red Cross means hot meals for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

It's a full scale operation - a kitchen run by generators, special containers to keep food warm in transit, Red Cross trucks on standby to bring food to relief workers and victims of Sandy.

The force behind all this is the volunteers from the Southern Baptist Relief Organization.

"We are more blessed to be able to do it then maybe the people who are receiving it. It does us good to provide this service," Steve Chrisman said.

Thousands are part of the group organized through Baptist churches across the country.

They are motivated by their faith and incredibly humble.

During this deployment they are working and living at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital.

A bulk are from the south, others from neighboring states.

The camp is run like a well oiled machine.

Most volunteers have helped before and some have been on the receiving end themselves.

"We went through Hugo in '87, we know what you're going through," Kenneth Fleming said.

"Wen you lost your home and everything else, when you have a hot meal, it helps a little bit," Douglas Pilot said.

More than 11,000 meals were made here today.

Ancora State Hospital expects the group to stay for about a month.

The group says they'll be here as long as the Red Cross needs them.

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