Church continues headstrong in tornado relief

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Volunteers at a church in Laurel County say they will be there until the need is not there.

Arthur Ridge Missionary Baptist Church pitched in with one chainsaw the night of the storm and now is the center of hope.

Donation after donation grew a room of supplies into a tent full in days.

Tornado relief efforts are not letting up after so many were let down nearly two weeks ago in East Bernstadt.

"We are going to continue to do it until this area is completely cleaned up and ready go," said Pastor Steve Smith. "I mean if it's a week, if it's a month, if it's a year, Arthur Ridge Baptist Church is going to be here to help this community."

Arthur Ridge Baptist Church was in the eye of the storm but now is the center that everyone is leaning on.

The church serves nearly 700 meals a day to National Guardsmen, workers, volunteers, and victims.

"People who have lost everything and taking them something as simple as a case of water or a hot meal, any number of those things and just to see the look of appreciation in their eyes," said Jeremy Jarvis, a church member.

Pastor Steve Smith says the community was somewhat divided before the storm and is now nothing but united.

"This is our job. This is what we're called to do," said Jarvis. "When the community is in crisis, it's our job to step up, reach out, and provide as much support as possible."

A group effort Arthur Ridge Baptist Church could not do alone.

People at the church say building supplies and materials are needed since the rebuilding stages are next.

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