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Church's food and clothing pantry back open after fire

Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 19:28:51-04

TULSA -- The Memorial Drive Church of Christ serves about 60 families a week from their food and clothing pantry, but that was put on hold in July when their church went up in flames.

Jane Cailler visited the food pantry at Memorial Drive Church of Christ once a month for about a year.

"I’m disabled and on a very limited income and it if it was not for the food banks, we would not eat," said Cailler.

That's why she was devastated to see the church on fire a few months ago.

"The fire trucks were pulling up I didn’t even realize it until I saw the flames, I was arriving about the same time that they were I just happened to be driving by, it was very scary and very sad," said Cailler.

The church members are celebrating a big step in getting back to normal after the fire. Tuesday was the second week they opened doors at another location to serve those in need.

"It’s a different space and everything so everyone is getting used to that, we’re starting to get back to normal," said David Combs, Community Minister of Memorial Drive Church of Christ.

They're in a small space right next to the damaged church, but just like their tee shirts say, out of the ashes they rise.

"I don’t know how they do it, their spirit is just unbelievable, they really come together to help us out, they know that we don’t eat if they’re not here helping us," said Cailler.

The food and clothing pantry is open on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 - 8:15 p.m. at 911 S. Memorial Drive.

The Memorial Drive Church of Christ is temporarily holding their services at East Side Christian Church.

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