First Baptist Church of Goodrich has lots of food and is located right at the edge of major flooding at FM-1988 West.
Emergency Assistance and Relief Continue in Polk County, LIVINGSTON, August 31, 2017 - Relief and assistance in Polk County continue as volunteers continue to step up to help their community in time of need. First Baptist Church of Goodrich is less than a mile from major flooding and has opened their doors to evacuees. "We're not a shelter, we never have been a shelter, but we are one now" said Brenda Gokey Hambrick. Brenda and her sister, Nita Gokey are volunteering long hours at the church and are getting little sleep. "It's what we're called to do." she said, "It's what we're all called to do". Hambrick stated that they're opening their doors for people to stay as long as they need to. They have evacuees sleeping in Sunday school classes, the pastor's office, and other rooms throughout the church. They have rooms stocked with food, clothing, sleeping gear and they cook everyday to provide hot meals for flood victims.
At the Polk County Maintenance Department (110 Allie Bean Drive) in Livingston, Manager Jay Burks and his staff and stepped up their work load as they have become a depot for relief supplies for evacuees. "We're doing our everyday job in maintenance and taking in donations for flood evacuees" Burks said. Cars were pulling into Jay's garage all day as locals are donating food, water, clothing, soap, diapers and just about everything needed for evacuees to get through rough times.
At the Polk County Commerce Center (1017 US-59 Loop) in Livingston, Justice of the Peace, Sarah Arnett and volunteers are taking in clothing and separating it by gender and size for evacuees to come and help themselves. These are just a few places of many that are located throughout Polk County. The volunteers, supplies, and people willing to step up and help are off the charts in Polk County.
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First Baptist Church of Goodrich has cots throughout their church building for evacuees to sleep and provide shelter as long as needed.
Leaders at Central Baptist Church in Livingston hold a meeting to coordinate assistance for flood victims.
Not just a supply for humans, the Polk County Maintenance Department has received an abundance of pet food.
Volunteers roll in clothing donations at the Polk County Commerce Center.
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