Cleveland-area churches work to help survivors of Oklahoma tornado

CLEVELAND - Pastor Angel Arroyo of .Com Ministries said after helping with Superstorm Sandy, he learned some valuable lessons.

"As I learned being in New York City the two times with Hurricane Sandy, there's no electricity, there's no power, no way of living," Arroyo said.

He said the survivors of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on Monday need water, non-perishable foods, diapers and cleaning supplies.

"Any type of supplies we might take advantage of right now is a basic need or necessity for them. Those supplies right now are worth more than money," Arroyo said.

Pastor Alan Jenkins said the victims also need batteries and flashlights desperately. He is the pastor of Columbia Road Baptist Church.

Jenkins is part of Nehemiah's Network involved in recycling ministry supplies. They recently formed a disaster relief program called Seven on Seven with the sole purpose of being ready to help when disaster strikes.

He's been in contact with a church pastor in Oklahoma who said they don't need clothes or furniture at this point.

"Sometimes we tend to kind of ‘Well, it didn't happen to me so it's out of sight out of mind.' But we need to keep these folks in mind for a long time cause they're going to be suffering for several days," Jenkins said.

If you want to become a part of Seven on Seven's efforts to help the Moore, Okla. community you can drop off donations at 4488 West 160th St. in Cleveland or call 216-433-4400.

Donations to .Com Ministries for the disaster relief are accepted between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the carport of Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer at 3660 Globe Ave. in Lorain and at the Spanish Church of God at 913 College Ave. in Cleveland.

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