Crossroad Baptist serves as distribution centercomment (0)
June 14, 2012
On April 27, 2011, Concord resident Jason Green watched a tornado touch down a few hundred feet from his house.
As soon as it was safe, Green and his wife, Kristen, went to check on other families.
The next day, food, resources and funds to aid those in need began appearing.
Within a very short span, the church where Green is associate pastor and student minister — Crossroad Baptist Church, Hueytown, in Mud Creek Baptist Association — became a distribution center.
“We found people all over who were looking to send supplies and materials,” Green said. By the same token, he said the church received calls from around the state “begging for assistance they weren’t getting.”
Men with trucks and trailers consistently pulled into the churchyard either to unload supplies or to load them to transport to areas of need.
The volunteers were amazed at what they saw happening, Green explained.
Deliveries came from Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Montana, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Carolina and Missouri, among other places.
The effort began in the church’s fellowship hall but was soon moved to the more spacious gymnasium.
Green estimated roughly 75 to 100 Crossroad members, in addition to volunteers from other denominations, kept the center open 15 to 20 hours a day.
Local restaurants, as well as Coca-Cola and Buffalo Rock, saw that volunteers had meals and drinks.
Families from Pratt City, McDonald’s Chapel and other places sought aid at the church daily. Some of those seeking assistance asked Jesus Christ to be their Savior.
The primary focus of relief was the local community — Concord and Pleasant Grove, for example. But assistance also went to Cordova, Henagar, Phil Campbell, Hackleburg, Brookwood, Holt, Pratt City, Cullman, McDonald’s Chapel and others.
In all, needed items were sent into 14 communities in the state during the 12-week period that Crossroad organized the effort. Some items were also sent to Joplin, Mo., after a deadly tornado struck in May 2011.
The time from receiving to distributing items was very short, Green added.
“We really did not have anything sit a long time,” he said. “We made sure it got into the hands of people who needed it.”
Every age group of the church pitched in, becoming the hands and feet of Jesus.
“I’m very thankful for the support our church family provided,” Green said. “We became more than just church members. We became family.”