Churches Help Flood Victims as Red Cross Shelter Closes

FINDLAY -- It's been two weeks since six Northwest Ohio counties became disaster zones because of flooding. One of them is Hancock County, which has dried out but still needs help, reports News 11's Dick Berry.

More than 1,800 people turned to FEMA for help during the flood.  On Tuesday, the American Red Cross closed its shelter in Findlay, but help is still available -- in a very big way.

"Just to help with the grocery bills right now since there will be a lot of expenses from the flood clean-up," Norma Norman explains.

"Hopefully, I can use it in my apartment when it becomes ready. I was evacuated out of my apartment and they're getting me a new apartment ready," says Al Vent.

This humanitarian effort comes courtesy of the Church of Latter Day Saints. At least 39,000 pounds of supplies have been donated, assembled and distributed to residents in Findlay, Tiffin, Cary and Ottawa.

Many volunteers -- young and old alike -- help folks fill up their cars with goodies. "I just feel bad because we weren't affected by the floods and I kind of want to help the people that were," says volunteer Nathan Maynard.

Nearby, the giving will continue at the Upper Room Church of God.  Members unloaded a semi on Tuesday from church headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, which was full of supplies.

The church always has a cupboard available to the less fortunate in Hancock County, but this time, the need has been more drastic. "The people in Findlay are good people. And we're all affected by the flood. It's a family community. If you weren't affected, someone you know was," says Carol Meyers.

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