Vidor church to help out victims of Moore tornado

Barbara Campbell, member of First Pentecostal Church in Vidor, collects goods do

First Pentecostal Church in Vidor is accepting donations to aid the victims of an EF4 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. on Monday, May 20. A May 21 press release from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin states that three days of tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding have killed more than 50 people and injured more than 120 in Cleveland (where Moore is located), Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties.

Bruce Lockett, senior minister at First Pentecostal Church, said church members contacted him on Monday night asking if the church planned to help out the citizens of Moore. He told them that he would pray about it.

“About 5:30 this morning (May 21), I was up praying and felt heavy in my heart,” Lockett said. “The good Lord told me this morning to go on over to Oklahoma. I felt like we needed to be up there, if anything else, to give them a hug and give them some hope. We’ve been helped out during storms like Rita and Ike, and now it’s time for us to make a difference.”

Lockett, who has pastored at First Pentecostal for 22 years, said that the church would be taking the supplies to Moore on June 3.

The church will be accepting the following items:

Five-gallon buckets with lids, baby food, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, batteries, shaving cream, razors, sanitary items for men and women, canned food, toothbrushes, toothpaste, medical supplies (peroxide, antibiotic cream, bandage, rubbing alcohol), shampoo, deodorant, and toilet paper and medical equipment.

The items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The church asks that donors do not bring clothing, shoes or furniture. First Pentecostal Church is at 185 Camp Street in Vidor. For more information, call (409) 769-9055 or (409) 769-3069.

 —Kevin King