The Baltimore mega-church Bethel AME Church announced a partnership with local radio stations 92Q and Magic 95.9 to help send relief to the victims of Moore, Okla., a town which was hit the hardest by a devastating tornado on May 20. The twister killed 24 people including 10 children and two infants, officials said.
The tornado’s heavy rain, hail and wind leveled homes, schools and churches, leaving in its wake more than $2 billion in damage in the Moore area, disaster officials said. Moore is home to about 56,000 residents.
“We are a human services agency backed by God and whenever there is a need for service we are always there to help,” said Lady Marla H. Reid, first lady of Bethel AME Church. “When there are tragedies, sometimes the victims get lost in the coverage. Those people in Oklahoma that survived the storm need our help.”
The initiative, labeled “Bmore for Moore,” is to organize Baltimore residents’ relief contributions for tornado-stricken parts of Oklahoma. Already, toiletries, clothing and other non-perishable items have been gathered at Bethel AME Church on May 22. Contributions are also being organized by the radio stations which are telling listeners in live broadcasts where to deliver contributions.
Reid said Bethel AME has a long standing partnership with Magic 95.9 and when a call for the congregation to help the victims of the tornado in Oklahoma was issued, there was a speedy response from the congregation.
“We wanted to try and respond as quickly as possible,” said Reid. “They are our neighbors even though we are separated geographically.”