Local church collects supplies for Florence victims

Published: Oct. 2, 2018 at 4:49 PM CDT
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The eastern coat of the U.S. is still reeling form the effects of Hurricane Florence.

One Omaha church is rallying to help those in need.

Members of Lifegate Church near 156th and West Dodge Rd. began a drive to send much needed supplies to North and South Carolina.

They brought in a semi trailer where they started collecting supplies and cleaning materials.

The church sent three loaded trucks to Texas last year to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

They're hoping to do the same this year, but need the community's help.

"We're going to wait until the truck is full. We're really counting on the Omaha area, not just the churches, but the community as a whole. The hurricane has not been recently in the news because of other stories taking precedence, but just talking this morning with folks down in Conway, their rivers are normally that flooding stage 11 to 14 feet. They're over 27 feet right now," said Pastor Deb Hoffman.

Hoffman said cleaning supplies, bottled water, gloves and diapers are among supplies needed.

Volunteers are not allowed in flood ravaged areas until the water recedes, which may not happen for another week.

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