PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. (KNWA) — A small town church is joining forces with surrounding churches to help those who still need basic necessities following the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
Volunteers at Prairie Grove Church of Christ are collecting items victims still are longing for in Panana City, Florida.
Bill Hooten is the preacher at Church of Christ. “We’re not large enough to tackle a project like this, but we serve a big God, and we’ve got other churches that have jumped in to help us.”
There are roughly 65 members of this church on North Pittman Street.
Several of them vacation in the Panana City beach area, where damage from Hurricane Michael is still widespread.
“I talked to the preacher out there on Monday and asked if money would help and he said, well money is always good, but there’s nothing to buy and no where to buy it,” Hooten said.
That’s why this church is stepping up.
Nearly 1,500 jars of peanut butter, 25 grills, and other necessities like feminine products, cleaning supplies, and diapers will be driven to Florida on Tuesday.
“Anytime there’s a need people respond if they have the opportunity. We’re just trying to provide the opportunity.”
Hooten says this response is just what the tight-knit community of Prairie Grove and surrounding churches do.
“We want to be known as the church that cares about people. We want to be the ones that help, that are there when they need it, that are concerned about eachother.”