Disaster relief organizations team up for flood victims

By Alyssa Donovan

April 28, 2013 Updated Apr 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Disaster relief groups are working together to bring warm meals to Central Illinois flood victims.

Volunteers with the Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief set up shop at the Woodland Southern Baptist Church.

The Red Cross provided the food and transportation, while the Southern Baptist relief team took over kitchen duties.

More than 1,000 meals, along with buckets of cleaning supplies, were delivered to areas affected by the flood.

Volunteers say it's these things that make a big difference.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team Leader, Jim Weickersheimmer said, "If you've had sandwiches for 3 days... And you get a chance to get a warm meal... You’re ready for it! We like the idea of being able to serve people and be able to help people get through disasters that they need to get through. And by being able to do that... That helps the person a little bit."

The disaster relief team has a chainsaw crew who takes care of trees after storms, and a mud-out crew, who cleans up as flood waters recede.

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