Colorado Baptists Serve More Than 19,000 Meals to Fire Evacuees

(credit: CBS)
(credit: CBS)

LAPORTE, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 19,000 meals have been served to evacuees of the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires thanks to the Southern Baptist Convention. While many see the American Red Cross delivering fresh meals to evacuees every day, few know it is actually the SBC’s Disaster Relief Colorado team that has prepared the food for the past seven weeks.

“We have fed close to 19,000 people. That is a lot,” said Cheryl Wood, Blue Hat Cook for the SBC’s Colorado team. “Evacuees don’t realize the Southern Baptists are preparing the meals.”

For almost 50 days straight, Wood and 450 other volunteers have worked day and night to provide meals for, at times, thousands of evacuees. At a small church in Laporte, a town northwest of Fort Collins, the volunteers have cooked two meals per day through snow and ash, day and night.

Some, like Wood, have spent nearly two months living at the church to assure the meals continue.

“I’d rather be no place else than here,” Wood told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas.

Wood said her faith in Jesus Christ is what fuels her energy to provide for those in need. She said if Jesus could walk for weeks through a desert, she could work with few hours of sleep to provide for those in need.

“It specifically says in the Bible that we are to take care of the needy, the poor and the elderly. Being an evacuee, you are in need of meals,” Wood said.

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Source: Baptist Press