Garrard Co. church with close Texas ties sending help after Harvey

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Garrard County church with close ties to Texas is reaching out to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Forks of Dix River Baptist Church is collecting donations to send down to Humble, Texas, where the son of two longtime Forks churchgoers is now a pastor.

WKYT's Phil Pendleton introduced us to Pastor Barry Jeffries on Monday. His church - badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey - has now turned into a hub to help others in the Houston area.

And his family's home church here in central Kentucky is helping, too.

The Lancaster church is collecting donations that a team of volunteers will deliver when it heads down September 17 to help folks in Texas whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the hurricane.

"From what I gather, as quick as we can send the stuff, they're giving it away. So certainly there is a big need for that stuff," said Cole Caven, pastor of Forks of Dix River Baptist Church. "There's a lot of houses in their area that have been impacted by the flood. So our team is going to go down, pull out drywall, love on some people and help them as much as we can right now."

Church leaders say the following relief items are needed: plastic bins, dollies, claw hammers, safety glasses, scoop shovels, wheelbarrows, masks, towels, socks, diapers, wipes, formula, feminine hygiene products, air mattress, bleach, brush, rags, rubber gloves, shampoo, soap, bug spray, hand sanitizer, tootbrush, toothpaste, first aid items, bottled water, Gatorade, Advil, Motrin and Tylenol.

Forks Baptist Church is collecting donations until Thursday, September 14.

You can also drop off donations at First Southern National Bank in Lancaster and Nicholasville, as well as the Jessamine County Fire District Building.

You can find more information here on the church's Facebook page.

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