Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville announced this week it is helping respond to a call from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to collect flashlight kits for victims of Hurricane Michael in South Georgia.
“This is an urgent mission,” Tom Smiley. Lakewood senior pastor, said in a press release, “as residents of the affected areas may be without power for weeks or months. The flashlights and batteries are simply a matter of personal safety for anyone who needs them.”
Collection bins are located at the church campus at 2235 Thompson Bridge Road. The church office is open during normal business hours and can be reached by calling 770-532-6307.
According to the Associated Press, days after the hurricane slammed into the Florida Panhandle, people are still struggling to locate friends and loved ones.
The scope of the storm’s fury became clearer after nearly a week of missing persons reports and searches of the Florida Panhandle neighborhoods devastated by the hurricane.
Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday, Oct. 16.
That’s in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South, including in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.