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Disaster Relief in Louisiana

Louisiana Flood Relief

Temple Baptist Church is partnering with South Walker Baptist Church of Denham Springs, Louisiana to help with the flood recovery efforts in the cities of Denham Springs and Baton Rouge. As you know, the flooding there has been devastating. Thousands of homes, businesses, churches, offices and government buildings were inundated in as much as five feet of water. Tens of thousands are homeless and lost virtually all their personal possessions in addition to their homes.

These communities currently plan to open schools during the third or fourth week of September, depending on how quickly the schools can be cleaned and repaired; however, there is a pressing need for school supplies to equip the students. Even if supplies were available in abundance, many parents would be unable to afford them because of the losses they sustained in the flood. Pastor Mark Carroll of South Walker Baptist Church has asked the congregation at Temple Baptist to help with this need. They are in the process of doing so, but would like to invite other churches in the Peninsula Baptist Association to join them in this effort. There are four ways you could help:

  1. Love offering or contribution to South Walker Baptist Church (designate for flood relief or flood relief/school supplies) and mail to the church at 13719 Hammack Road, Denham Springs, LA 70726
  1. Gather supplies from your congregation and ship them to South Walker Baptist Church at the address above
  1. Order supplies on-line from a supplier like Amazon, Costco, etc. and have the supplies shipped to South Walker Baptist Church
  1. Gather supplies and drop them off at Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA. They will include them with the supplies they collect and ship them to Louisiana

If you choose to drop your supplies off at Temple, please do so by September 15 as they plan to make a shipment on or about September 16. A list of supplies requested by South Walker Baptist Church appears on the reverse side.

Coleman Walsh, a member at Temple, is coordinating this effort. If you have questions you can reach him at 596-7203 or by e-mail at You can also contact Temple Baptist at 595-1175.

School Supplies Needed


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