Ice storm spurs N.C. Baptists to action
    March 25 2014 by BR staff

    Volunteers from a number of North Carolina Baptist churches have responded to the requests for help across the state from an ice storm that struck much of North Carolina in early March.
    Baptists on Mission (or North Carolina Baptist Men) have three sites arranged for cleanup activity: Alamance, Davidson and Guilford counties.

    Baptist on Mission photo
    Volunteers pray with some homeowners who had tree damage on their property after an ice storm. Men and women helped cut trees and clear debris. The Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina’s Mills Home campus was also damaged. There are currently needs for volunteers at BCH as well as through Baptist on Missions (North Carolina Baptist Men).

    Since the storm struck March 7 volunteers have not only prepared meals but served these three areas as well as helped the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina (BCH) in Thomasville.
    “The community response has been beyond impressive,” said BCH president Michael C. Blackwell, in a press release. “The help began as soon as people became aware of the damage.”
    Food Lion, which has its headquarters in Salisbury, has been a long-time supporter of BCH. Chris McDonald, the store manager of Food Lion’s Cloniger Drive location in Thomasville, presented BCH’s Blake Ragsdale with $3,000 in gift cards. Mills Home staff will use the Food Lion shopping cards to replace the perishable food the campus lost during the four-day power outage.
    “Food Lion is always there for our boys and girls. We are so appreciative of what they’ve done to help,” says Ragsdale who serves as BCH’s director of communications.
    “Both of Food Lion’s Thomasville stores experienced their own food loss when their power went out. “Their generosity at this time speaks volumes about who they are as an organization.”
    The ice weighed so heavily on some trees that they were uprooted. Trees that were toppled took down some power lines on the BCH campus as well as near homes across the state.
    During the North Carolina Missions Conference March 21-22, leaders talked about the need for more workers not only for the recovery efforts in North Carolina but for many other requests they have from other states and nations.
    For Baptists on Mission, donations designated for Winter Storm 3.7 Disaster Relief can be mailed to: North Carolina Baptist Men, P.O. Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512-1107. Visit
    BCH has set up an “Ice Storm Disaster Recovery” fund at or call (336) 474-1224. 
    3/25/2014 12:03:27 PM by BR staff | with 0 comments
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