MIDWEST CITY, OK — The American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter for those affected by the recent flooding in the Midwest City area at the gym of Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church at 208 S. Douglas Blvd. in Midwest City (DBUMC).
“I think initially the Red Cross was concerned about the seventeen people who were flooded out of their homes last weekend,” Steve Bassham, Trustee of DBUMC. “Of course our church is open to helping out where we can, and our facilities have been used in the past for this exact sort of thing.”
“I know our church members have been assisting in the Moore, OK area these past few weeks, and now we are doing what we can in our own back yard,” Rev. Jeannie Himes, of DBUMC says. “I think right now we just offer comfort and basic needs that we can while these folks affected by the deadly storms try to recover.”
“Through our contacts we were able to get some immediate assistance from Midwest City, by them providing a portable air conditioning trailer to cool our gym,” Bassham said. “The local fire department helped set it up, deliver it, and gave some much needed comfort to those inside the shelter.”
“I know many are just overwhelmed with the amount of devastation our local area has suffered these past two weeks,” Himes stated. “As in Wesley’s beliefs, God does not plan people’s destruction. Things happen, and God is in how we respond. God is where we find the strength to carry on, and to be our best selves in the midst of it all, or to get there eventually.”
The American Red Cross and Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church is just doing that. Through their efforts and teamwork we are helping families carry on and they respond in a compassionate and humane manner.
“Our church family has dropped by to offer encouraging words to the clients at the Red Cross Shelter in our gym,” Bassham says. “Combined with services we are able to assist these folks displaced by the storms and give them some hope that their lives will get back to normal.”
For more information, please call Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church at 405-732-3035 or visit their website, www.dbumc.com for more information and visit the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/ .