MOORE, Okla. – The National and International relief response to the Moore tornadoes has been vast.
Antioch Christian Church is a small church with a big heart.
Nathan Tate pastors the congregation at Antioch, about 150 members
Twenty percent of the congregation lost their homes in the Moore tornado on Monday May 20th.
“I don’t know why God chose us.” said Tate.
The congregation pulled together immediately, with about ten tables of donated items available to tornado victims in the days after the tornado hit.
Their efforts kept expanding.
Facebook helped, and so did a little connection with a group called “Project GIFT” out of West Georgia.
Southwire employee, Gary Leftwich works on the company’s “Project GIFT” team.
“Wherever there is a call, and we feel like we can help, we jump into action.” said Leftwich.
“Project GIFT” sent five semi trucks to Antioch Christian Church this week.
Volunteers from Georgia are now working alongside Oklahoma families, organizing the huge relief effort.
Kathy Evans and her grandkids, Cord Bender, 10, and Cora Bender, 9, volunteered Tuesday.
The Bender kids lost their home in Shawnee May 19th.
“This was their way of coming back to pay back the help they’ve gotten at their home.” said Evans.
Antioch Christian Church hired several additional staff members to be able to continue their response for the long haul.