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North Olmsted church steps up for Oklahoma victims

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Columbia Road Baptist Church, North Olmsted Columbia Road Baptist Church, North Olmsted
Columbia Road Baptist Church, North Olmsted Columbia Road Baptist Church, North Olmsted
Columbia Road Baptist Church, North Olmsted Columbia Road Baptist Church, North Olmsted
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Pastor Alan Jenkins of the Columbia Road Baptist Church in North Olmsted and his congregation have been through this before.  Stepping up, when help is needed, organizing relief efforts for disaster victims.  Their focus has been overseas.

"We send a lot of stuff overseas, we've been involved in Haiti when they had the earthquake, millions of dollars we've sent around the world and yet we don't help our own people," the Pastor said.

So just two weeks ago, before the tornado in Oklahoma, they put in place a plan where they would start collecting canned food, toothbrushes, bottled water, toilet paper, anything the victims of a United States disaster might need. They wanted to be ready to act quickly.

"As soon as there is a disaster we'd be ready go and not have to wait, like we are now, for about a week," said Pastor Jenkins.

The Oklahoma tornado came before they were ready, but that won't stop them.  The Church, just last year bought a warehouse on West 160th where they house whatever donations they can get.  

Pastor Jenkins spoke with the pastor of Suburban Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma and learned that the community is in desperate need of whatever can be sent, but the Pastor in Oklahoma also said he wanted the children there to have a normal outlet, "He said the kids would be elated to have bicycles, he said they've had everything striped away and it would really be an encouragement to them."

Donations can be made at the Church warehouse at 4488 West 160th street in Cleveland.

You can reach the warehouse at (216) 433-4400, and look for more information at www.crbc-online.org

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