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Ala. Baptist State Convention works to help with OK tornado recovery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Three years ago the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention sent money and volunteers to help the people of Alabama after the April 27th tornadoes.

The city of Tuscaloosa alone lost more than 50 people. Mel Johnson remembers Oklahoma's kindness but not surprised.

"We have a close working relationship within the convention and we were able to help a lot of people here," said Johnson who is the Disaster Relief Strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Convention.

Today, the shoe is on the other foot. We are getting reports now that at least part of the monster tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, was an EF-5 twister, winds in excess of 200 miles an hour. The Alabama Baptist State Convention has already wired funds to its counterpart in Oklahoma, funds well into the 5 figures.

"The money will be used to help people in the impact areas of that city," said Johnson.

It won't stop there. This coming Sunday more than 3,000 Baptist churches in Alabama are expected to take up a second collection for the victims in Oklahoma.

At this point Mel Johnson doesn't feel the Convention will send any of its 7,000 trained volunteers to Oklahoma because other states are so much closer.

Oklahoma reportedly has the 5th most tornadoes than any other state in the country during any given year.

As of this report the death toll in Moore, Oklahoma, stands at 24 including 9 children.

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