The Giving Bak Foundation is on a mission to help Hurricane Laura victims

The Giving Bak Foundation is on a mission. As we all pause momentarily to reflect on the 15 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, there’s still more work to be done helping our neighbors in Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

Many faith leaders are preparing their sermons on Friday, but Jeff Dukeman and Will Shurley aren’t your typical pastors.  They know how to think outside the box and sometimes that turns into heavy lifting. Pastor Shurley said, “We have been having some wonderful donations for Hurricane Laura relief effort that’s coming here together locally. We’re so pleased to be able to receive all these donations today, load them up and get them ready to send out. We’re looking for items that will help a team from Gulfport to feed relief workers and residents that need a hot meal.”

Ask and you shall receive. “We received a large donation today of plates today that we’ll be able to serve food on. We got a great big truck of donations from Gulf Coast Business Supply and that’s what we’re unloading right now into our bigger trailer which will hopefully be going out this weekend or early next week.”

But they can’t get rolling until this first truck is full and you can help. There’s a four hour window, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to swing by and drop off donations at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church parking lot right next to Pat Peck Honda and Dunkin’ Donuts on Highway 49 in Gulfport. “Right now we’re not in any need of water or clothing. Water, we think we have a pretty good handle on, and certainly, clothing, is just not something we’re ready to hand out yet. We need help with feeding. Number 10 cans of food, foil pans, cutlery- those are the kind of things we’d like to have.

But everyone with the Give Bak Foundation is ready to do just that, equip first responders on the front lines in the trail of destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Pastor Dukeman said, “This area is familiar with these types of storms. They have a special place in our heart. We’d like to try to tap into that, and while we have the ability, to help people in their time of need. We know what they’re going through over there-anything we can do to help.”

The most needed donations are bulk items from Sam’s Club, including large aluminum pans and lids, fruit, heavy duty aluminum foil, and cleaning items.

If you can’t make it to Friday or Saturday’s collection, Gulf Coast Furniture and Business Supply in Gulfport will be taking cash and check donations only at the company’s site on Dedeaux Road in Gulfport or you can make your financial contribution by phone. You can also donate at www.givingbak.org.

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