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Nonprofits serve Oklahomans after flooding

Posted at 12:34 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 14:17:28-04

The Oklahoma spirit is shining through as people in Green Country are doing what they can to help families and individuals affected by the continuous flooding and tornadoes.

Volunteers have worked non-stop at Northstar Bridge, separating and packing items for churches all across Green Country to then be distributed to those in need.

"When tragedy hits, Oklahomans rise up like never before where people are just mobilizing," said Northstar Bridge Director Rod Baker. "Our phone is just ringing off the hook. How can we serve our communities? Our job is to empower them because we want to see them live out what they are called to do."

Baker said all of the packaged food and additional supplies, like Clorox wipes and paper towels, are donated to Northstar Bridge, to then be divided and given to churches across Northeast Oklahoma and even parts of Kansas.

The churches are then able to deliver the goods to people in their community who have been hit hard by the recent floods or tornadoes.

Pastor Joshua Freeman volunteers consistently at Northstar and he not only had to evacuate from his church but also his home because of the rising flood waters.

"We’re actually going to be taking a pallet of water to neighbors along the line. They said that was a big need for them. Then we’re going to stop by the police and fire and sheriff’s departments to see what particular needs they have and how we can help meet them," said Freeman. “We’re being the hands and feet of Jesus in our community and these areas so we can impact hope, joy and let the people know that Christ has not forgotten them, that hope is there, and that it can be restored again."

Since the flooding, Northstar has assisted 28 churches they have previously never helped before.

Organizers said they can always use extra hands, especially when the waters start to recede.

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