Elizabeth Pearl | The Lebanon Reporter
DONATED GOODS: Freedom Church lead pastor Ryan Vinson, top, and congregation member Craig Parks loaded boxes of donated goods into a semi-truck outside the church Friday afternoon. The semi-truck, donated by Sheridan-based company JBS United, will be driven to Baton Rouge next Monday or Tuesday, and the items inside given to people impacted by the recent floods.
Vinson spent time in the city and maintains a relationship with Baton Rouge's Bethany Church. Freedom sent money already to help Bethany, whose facilities were damaged in the floods, but Vinson said he wanted to do more.
"As soon as we heard that they were heavily involved, it made the decision to do this so much easier," he said. "We know this stuff is going to be in good hands."
The church is accepting donations through Sunday, with a goal of filling the truck before it leaves on the long trip to New Orleans. Among the items needed are hygiene products, clothing, baby supplies, cleaning products and construction items like hammers, shovels and work gloves.
Donations will be accepted Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the church, located at 2061 Indianapolis Ave. For more information, go online to http://www.welcometofreedom.church or call 765-482-7220.