Somerset church helping Alabama tornado victims

Gary Phelps got an idea during Sunday worship services to help the Alabama tornado victims.

On Monday…he put his plan into action. And by the end of the day…the first of three truck loads was nearly full.

“I know it’s not going to put a dent in what they need, but it’s going to be an ongoing thing for months,” said Rev. Phelps of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Somerset.

Phelps has family and friends who live near the Birmingham area.

“He (a minister) told me the needs that he had. Had over 1,000 kids that need school supplies and they need tarps over houses and things like that,” said Phelps.

They’re taking boxes of food, school supplies, diapers and crates of water. All of it donated, most of it in just a few hours time.

“The need right now is flashlights and batteries; he said people are still living in their homes without power,” said Phelps.

They’ll pack up and leave at 5 Wednesday morning and spend at least a day and a half there.

“If some of our guys could go out and put tarps on the roofs, and I said we’ll do whatever we need to do,” said Phelps.

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