Disaster relief responding to Panhandle wildfires

Disaster relief volunteers from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention are responding to needs near the Panhandle town of Fritch, where at least 89 homes were destroyed by wildfires with many more in the path of the blazes.

According to the Associated Press, more than 2,100 people were evacuated from 1,300 homes as of May 12. Fritch is 30 miles northeast of Amarillo. 

SBTC DR volunteers are responding with feeding, cleanup and recovery, assessment and chaplaincy, said Jim Richardson, the convention’s DR director. First Baptist Church of Fritch is housing the volunteers. 

Feeding teams are serving with The Salvation Army to prepare and serve meals to families affected and volunteers. 

Richardson encouraged trained DR volunteers to serve if they are available. Also, he said prayer is needed for the families affected by the fires, for first responders, and for the volunteers.

For information on disaster relief ministry training, visit sbtexas.com/dr. Information on giving toward disaster relief ministry is accessible here.  

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