Parker County Today October 2017 - Page 70

Damage in Glen Heights 68 ambitious mission yet — leading a regional response from North Texas to the pending devastation on the Texas Coast. Their plan was to slip in behind the hurricane and head to the Gulf Region from the west. Their goal? To rescue and provide critical supplies to as many families as they could reach and serve. Prior to leaving on their first trip, the Storm Warriors reached out to some families and a few churches asking for help with supplies to take with them. What happened next was an overwhelming demonstration of generosity. As the first container of water, food, diapers, shampoo, tooth- brushes, pet food, and other needed items was delivered to the families in Aransas Pass, huge quantities of other supplies continued to be dropped off at local churches and businesses in Parker County. As the Storm Warrior team began to make its way back to pick up the next container of supplies, Bill received a call f rom Kim Brewer of New River Fellowship about the amount of supplies that had now filled the entire foyer of the church. This was only the beginning as families all over Parker County began to reach out with gifts of love and hope to the thousands who had lost everything due to the devastation in the Gulf Region and the massive flooding around Houston. As gifts continued to pour into the drop-off locations, the Storm Warriors began to set up receiving locations and distribution partners where the supplies were needed the most. Because this was Bill Ford’s fourth hurricane, he believed the best way to respond and get urgently needed supplies to families in need would be through the churches based in the most affected areas. As Bill reached out to existing partners to help, numerous area ministers and churches began to call the Storm Warriors asking for help. “This is the way the Church is supposed to work,” Bill said as churches and busi- nesses in Parker County continued to respond and help meet the needs left by Harvey’s devastation. But as with all wide-spread efforts to respond quickly to overwhelm- ing circumstances, the question of leadership and coordination began to grow. Without being asked, paid, or authorized, the Storm Warriors assumed that leadership role. Dozens of churches and thousands of people, even major metropolitan radio stations, began to call on the Storm Warriors for information, guidance and planning. It was a role the Storm Warriors were well-prepared to fill. As thousands of pounds and pallets of new gifts and supplies were stacking up at area churches, new drop-off locations were established at Jerry’s Chevrolet, Funky Munky Shaved Ice, Anytime Fitness, Zanetti Trailers, and Jimmy John’s. The chal- lenge facing the Storm Warriors became figuring out how the over- whelming quantity of donations would be organized and transported to the families who were waiting for help. Bill and Danielle knew that hurricane victims were literally living hour-by-hour now, and that these supplies were essential for them to survive the first few days following the storm. Then, if they survived, they would begin to pick up the pieces of their lives. As Ford was standing outside of New River Fellowship formulating a plan to load and deliver what were now clearly two semi-trucks full of supplies, Lyndsey Montgomery introduced herself and said she had already arranged to get