Austin comes together for disaster relief efforts following floods



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Posted on November 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 3:39 PM

AUSTIN -- When rain wreaked havoc in Austin, flooding forced families from their homes, leaving some with nothing.

Strangers began helping out, giving back and replacing what's lost by donating furniture, household items and cases of water.

"You just give with the heart, you know," said Jeff Barber, who has been helping victims of Thursday's floods.

Barber and his wife, Yvonne, came from Round Rock to help after driving through flood damaged neighborhoods.

"Every little bit counts," Yvonne said. "You may think you have nothing, but we just saw people with completely nothing."

The Austin Disaster Relief Network partnered with the Christian Compassion Center to open a warehouse for support.

"We do this on a regular basis, warehousing items and giving them away," said Mark Shackelford, executive director of the Christian Compassion Center. "When these big disasters happen, it's a perfect partnership, and we help them secure a warehouse location."

That warehouse is located at Oak Meadow Baptist Church near William Cannon and Interstate 35.

"The mission of the church is to reach out to people and tell them about the hope they can have with Jesus Christ, but this is showing actual love in action," said Mario Moreno with Oak Meadow Baptist Church.

Some of the items needed include baby wipes, diapers, non-perishable food items and clothing in good condition.

"Bring in anything people would need when they lose everything," Moreno said.

In the church parking lot, the Southern Baptist Convention also set up a disaster relief trailer, where volunteers will make meals for the Red Cross to distribute.

"We will cook the food, [and] they will deliver it to the flood victims, wherever they are," said Mike Northen with the Southern Baptist Convention Task Force.

For more information on how to help out flood victims, go here.


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