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Crawford Baptist Church offers relief to storm victims

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About 100 victims were fed Wednesday night and another 100 will be fed lunch and dinner. About 100 victims were fed Wednesday night and another 100 will be fed lunch and dinner.
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CRAWFORD, AL (WTVM) -

Relief efforts in Crawford, Ala. continue to grow as residents recover from Tuesday's tornado. Emergency management crews from Lee County, Russell County, and the United Way have begun operating out of the Crawford Baptist church gymnasium, now called the Volunteer Resource Center. 

The gym had been used as a shelter for displaced residents where dozens of cots and blankets were lined up. Now,the gym is being used for volunteers that will be able to fill out a form and receive vests and ID's that will allow them into certain areas. Then they will be put into teams and given gloves, rakes, and shovels to help pile and clear debris. Pastor Steve Williamson said they will be running the center well into next week, basically until the need is gone. 

The church has also begun delivering hot meals out of American Red Cross food trucks. About 100 victims were fed Wednesday night and another 100 will be fed lunch and dinner. 

Pastor Williamson said the church will keep expanding their efforts as more needs are identified.
 
"What they're wanting to do here in the days ahead is also make us an Assessment Center, for those who are going to need assistance down the road. There's paperwork work that the American Red Cross will be doing along with the emergency management agencies in both counties to help people in the future," said Pastor Williamson. 

Right now, residents can receive temporary assistance through the Red Cross, but those who will need extended financial assistance will have to travel to Opelika. The Red Cross has already begun prepping for the change and they are awaiting clearance. 

Pastor Williamson said a large clean-up effort is expected for Saturday, with local churches and school groups calling in about volunteering. Also, a relief fund account has been set up at Wells Fargo bank for the victims. Anyone can donate to the fund. 

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