Help From Afar
Church group heads for Slidell to help storm victims
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Members of Shannon Oaks Church Band of Brothers were loading bottled water, bedding and medical supplies to take to Slidell, La. Shannon Oaks Church is sending three teams into the storm-ravaged area to help in the recovery. (Left to right) Steven Null, Jon Paul Dennis and  Claude Hill were loading the final cases of water into a trailer just before noon Wednesday.
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

Sept. 7, 2005 -- A “Band of Brothers,” the men’s ministry at Shannon Oaks Church, is responding to the devastation in Louisiana by taking bottled water and medical supplies as well as manpower and chain saws to help in the recovery.

The first team of men left Sulphur Springs for Slidell on Sunday, and on Tuesday described the scene as being beyond imagination, according to Isreal Lewis at the church.

�The devastation there is just so horrific, they just cannot imagine what New Orleans would be like if Slidell is not even as bad as it gets,� Lewis said.

The first team is helping out with a hospital where nurses have been working for six straight days without a break and in ankle-deep water.

Hospital supplies, latex gloves and bedding are in demand, but the greatest need, according to Lewis, is bottled water.

A second team was departing Wednesday and is taking a large load of  bottled water and other supplies donated by Brookshire’s, Grocery Supply, Ozarka Water and Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. The group is also taking  chain saws to help clear debris left by the storm.

Lewis said he would be working in a shelter and help people to reunite with their families upon arrival in Louisiana.

Donations of bottled water will be accepted at the church through late Wednesday to be loaded on a truck that will leave early Thursday for the stricken area.

For more information about helping the “Band of Brothers,” contact the Shannon Oaks Church office at 903-885-6542.

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