May 31, 2013

Local ministry organizes furniture drive for tornado victims

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — A new relief effort for tornado victims will begin on Monday, June 3 at the building that previously housed Light House Ministries: 1 Honda Ln.

Director Shelley Jones said her Christian organization, that currently practices house-to-house ministry, is primarily looking for items to reestablish a home.

“Anything we can use to help rebuild a home,” Jones said. “Many of these people are starting completely over from scratch, especially if they didn’t have insurance.”

Jones, married to the pastor of Light House Ministries, said the organization is alive and well even without a main headquarters for the past two years.

“Joe and Anita Farley are longtime owners of the building that used to be Light House Ministries,” Jones said, “and they have been kind enough to loan us this building to use for this effort for two months.”

According to Jones, the effort will last through Aug. 1. She has high hopes that the community will become involved.

“It could’ve been one of us,” Jones said, “these people really need our help.”

“I’ve seen relief efforts at many places that are asking people to bring bottled water and Powerade and gloves — but I haven’t seen one that focuses specifically on gathering items to help reestablish a home and that’s what we are trying to put together,” Jones said. “We hope to collect a lot of furniture, and we will also be accepting clothes.”

Cash donations will be needed as well, Jones said, as well as volunteers.

“We are going to need people to deliver, pick up and sort through items,” Jones said. “Any items donated will be tax deductible.”