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ABDR teams aid Texans impacted by wildfires

Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief (ABDR) recovery teams are lending aid to Texans impacted by wildfires devastating the state.   

Last week, an ABDR recovery team comprised of volunteers from First Baptist Church in Clarksville and Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas traveled to Texas. First Baptist Church in Russellville traveled to Texas on Monday, March 11. In total, Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief Director Randy Garrett said they will have about 19 volunteers in Texas.  

The teams are focusing on ash out, sifting through ash to help families and individuals locate valuable items that survived the fires. According to recent CBS articles, the wildfires in the Texas Panhandle have left at least two people dead, burned more than a million acres of land and killed thousands of animals.  

ABDR is also looking to help provide impacted Texas ranchers with hay and fencing supplies. Anyone who would like to donate hay, fencing supplies or transportation of the items to Texas can contact Deb Norris at 501-413-8971. 

Over the weekend, Jake Moneymaker of Helena-West Helena transported 35 round bales from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to west Texas. He then drove to Colorado to pick up more bales and transport those to Texas.  In 2017, when wildfires ravaged Oklahoma, Arkansans donated 2,700 round bales.  

Please continue to pray for those impacted as they navigate the days ahead and all Disaster Relief volunteers. The wildfires are the largest in Texas history.  

For more information about ABDR, click here.     

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