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Southern Baptist disaster team opens Allie Bean ‘city’
Polk County Enterprise - September 2008
LIVINGSTON – A veritable “city” is up and running on Allie Bean Drive in Livingston under the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief program. A warehouse formerly used by Just-A-Buck is now offering hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, chainsaw crews that can assist with tree removal, chainsaw sharpening and roof tarping, all free of charge. Some of the services, like meals, showers and laundry, are available to all, while others like tree removal are dependent upon an application process. Volunteers from across the United States work through the group to provide help to individuals in communities affected by disaster, from natural disasters like fl ooding, tornadoes and hurricanes to manmade disasters like terrorise attacks. A quick survey of the volunteers found people from as far away as Oregon and Minnesota and as close as Austin, working side by side to assist those in need. Chainsaw crews are being directed by Pastor Larry Shine from Pine Forest Baptist Church in Onalaska. The group will be in the Livingston area while a need exists.