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Monday, February 18, 2008

Update on Disaster Relief

FBC Knoxville continues relief, clean-up efforts in Macon County

KNOXVILLE, TENN. -- First Baptist Church of Knoxville is coordinating teams of volunteers every Friday and Saturday, beginning this week, to go to Macon County and assist in clean-up and relief efforts.
Volunteer teams will depart from the FBC Knoxville parking lot on Friday mornings at 5:30 am, spend the night in Carthage, Tenn. at the Carthage United Methodist Church, and return after working Saturday. Persons interested in working only one day are welcome to provide their own transportation and meet–up with work teams from FBC Knoxville.

Marion Graybeal, onsite coordinator, is enlisting teams and coordinating work efforts. He can be reached at (865) 607-7721 or by email to disasterreliefvols@fbcknox.org. Volunteers must be prepared with work boots, gloves and appropriate safety gear for clean-up and debris removal.
The church is not receiving any donated supplies and materials at this time per the request of local officials in Macon County. Should that change, notification will be made by email and
through local media as well as on the church’s website, www.fbcknox.org.

Ongoing assessments of longer term needs are being made by the church’s disaster relief coordinating team. As details regarding what the church will do to assist in recovery and rebuilding are known, they will be disseminated through all communication channels.
Donations, payable to First Baptist Church of Knoxville and clearly marked “Disaster Relief-Middle Tennessee,” continue to be received by the church. As of Monday, Feb. 18, over $11,500 had been collected for direct relief in Middle Tennessee.

For more information, please contact Sandy Wisener at (865) 803-3093, Wanda Edmondson at (865) 567-5994, or Carol McEntyre at (865) 363-6372. Send email to disasterreliefvols@fbcknox.org.

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