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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Oct. 12 cumulative status report

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continue as a major supplier of hot meals to the American Red Cross for distribution to search and rescue workers and others in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Following is the latest information regarding Southern Baptists’ response as of 9 a.m., Oct. 12:

— Meals prepared: 305,558.

— Volunteer days: 5,163. (A “volunteer day” is defined as one volunteer working one day.)

— Southern Baptist mobile kitchen operations have been consolidated at the Floyd Bennett Airport in Brooklyn. Volunteers from Ohio, Michigan and Virginia are helping staff a unit from a consortium of Baptist conventions including New York, New England, Pennsylvania/South Jersey and Maryland/Delaware. Other teams from Illinois, Ohio and Michigan have been activated to serve at the site, which is scheduled to close the evening of Oct. 18. Also at the site are shower units from North Carolina.

— A childcare unit from Ohio, with a crew of 12 people, is operating at the American Red Cross’ Family Assistance Center in Jersey City, N.J. The volunteers care for children of families seeking assistance at the center, most of whom suffered property damage or lost their homes in the terrorist attacks. A total of 32 children have been served do date.

— A team of 14 volunteers from Florida will assist Oct. 15-17 at a Salvation Army mobile kitchen located in lower Manhattan. Other teams from South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Missouri and Georgia are scheduled to work with the Salvation Army site over the next 30 days.

— Donors from 40 states and Canada have given more than $988,000 for the disaster relief effort, much of which has come from donations online at www.namb.net. One hundred percent of those gifts will be used for disaster relief in the field, not for administration. Checks designated for Disaster Relief also may also be sent to NAMB by mail to P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. Phone inquiries may be directed to 1-888-440-6262.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network, which includes more than 20,000 trained volunteers, is coordinated nationally by the North American Mission Board in cooperation with state Southern Baptist conventions. For more information and updates, visit www.namb.net/dr.

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