Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief (IBDR) volunteers are serving in the wake of Hurricane Michael in the Southeast, while continuing to respond to damage in the Carolinas caused by Hurricane Florence.
The need for IBDR volunteers is expected to continue through Thanksgiving, said Dwayne Doyle, IBDR administrative state director. Disaster Relief leaders in Florida anticipate mass feeding efforts there will extend through November, and Illinois volunteers are assisting one kitchen that is preparing up to 9,500 meals a day.
“IBDR will continue to send flood recovery teams to North Carolina,” Doyle said, “and at the same time, chainsaw, chaplain, mass feeding, and shower teams to Florida through the end of November.”
The shower/laundry trailer unit left to serve in Bristol, Fla., on Oct. 24. A chainsaw/chaplain team is scheduled to depart Oct. 30, with two additional chainsaw teams leaving in mid-November.
IBDR has two flood recovery teams and two chainsaw/flood recovery teams forming to serve in North Carolina in November.
To donate to IBDR, visit IBSA.org/donatetodr or mail a check to IBSA, P.O. Box 19247, Springfield, IL 62794. Make the check payable to Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief.
Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief has over 1,700 volunteers trained to serve with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief ministry, the third largest relief agency in the United States.