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Crawford Baptist Church becomes resource center after tornado devastates town

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CRAWFORD, AL (WTVM) -

In storm-devastated Crawford, Ala., one church became a hub for relief efforts after a tornado struck the town destroying homes and structures in its path early Tuesday morning, April 29.

Pastor of Crawford Baptist Church Steve Williamson, and several volunteers have been collecting food, clothing, and toiletries to provide to those in need.

One room was filled with sorted clothing for men, women, and children, baby food, diapers, books, and boxes of dry goods that are being delivered by truck to the community. There are also toiletries including, soap, shaving razors, and feminine products.

Williamson said the church was already collecting clothes for children to give away in the Fall for back to school, and that was the church's plan, but God had his own plan. Now, the Pastor says they need more donations of dry and canned goods, toiletries, and new or gently worn clothing.

Volunteers are also needed at the church to help sort through the donations.

For the first night after the tornado hit, the church set-up a shelter with dozens of cots and blankets, and a shower for displaced residents. Three people spent the night in the church that night.

The volunteers have also been feeding victims and first responders out of their kitchen, and serving as a hub for the American Red Cross.

Pastor Williamson said the church is shifting into a resource center where first responders, volunteers and insurance claims will be able to be filed so victims don't have to travel all the way to Opelika, Ala. for help.

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