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Oklahoma City church gives back to Kentucky storm victims

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Dec 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-20 07:52:52-05

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla — Here in Oklahoma, one pastor is using his connections to give aid to those who lost everything in the recent storms in Kentucky.

2 News Oklahoma spoke with Pastor Derrick Scobey with Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. He said seeing the damage, he knew he wanted to help.

“It looked like a bomb, several bombs were detonated, like over in a foreign country and you see the aftermath of those type of things," said Scobey.

The videos of the damage felt familiar, as someone who lives in Tornado Alley so with the help of humanitarian aid organization, World Vision, he got to work.

“We first flew into Louisville, Kentucky where we first received a 53 foot trailer load of disaster relief supplies. We offloaded those to another trailer and we took them about two and a half hours to Paducah, Kentucky which was about 23 miles about of the hardest hit area of Kentucky which was Mayfield. It was very difficult to get a 53 foot truck into Mayfield and get it unloaded just because of the sheer devastation,” said Scobey.

He said although it may be years before the communities are put back together, the people who call Kentucky home aren't giving up.

“Although everything was broken, everyone was not broken. The people in Kentucky, they are Kentucky strong. They’re not broken, they do have their heads down but not their heads hung low. Their heads are down working,” said Scobey.

The devastation from tornadoes, is something he knows all about and is thankful he's able to help.

“It’s such a blessing to be able to serve especially because in fact so many have come to Oklahoma in our time of need,” said Scobey.

He said the donations are coming in from all over the country so now the communities are asking for monetary donations. If you are interested in donating monetarily you can do so through Ebenezer Baptist Church or World Vision.

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