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Long-term recovery now targeted in post-hurricane disaster relief

 

ALPHARETTA (BP) - Southern Baptist Disaster Relief workers are gradually scaling back most feeding operations throughout the Gulf States and switching into long-term cleanup, recovery and rebuilding.

Even with the scale-back, Southern Baptists now have served a record 12 million meals to hurricane victims and relief workers in the 10 weeks since Katrina raked the Gulf Coast. The previous record was 3.5 million meals served in 2004.

In one of the most horrific hurricane seasons in U.S. history, more than 9,000 Southern Baptist volunteers from 41 state conventions were deployed following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Georgia Baptists were one of the leading conventions in cleanup efforts. Volunteers served more than 8,500 volunteer days, served 1.2 million meals and helped repair more than 2,000 homes.

With the official hurricane season continuing until the end of November and the multi-year rebuilding process just starting, Georgia Baptist relief efforts continue to require financial support.

For more information or to donate, contact Georgia Disaster Relief at (770) 936-5254.

Funds can also be received by credit card online at www.gabaptist.org and clicking on the disaster relief link.