MOORE — Ron and Laura Sylvester, members of the Piedmont Nazarene Church, stopped at the Moore Church of the Nazarene to drop off supplies for tornado relief efforts. But after that visit, they’ve “been here ever since,” Sylvester said.
Since unofficially taking on the role of directors for the relief effort at the Moore church, which suffered roof damage from the tornado on May 20, the Sylvesters have been overflowing with volunteers, supplies and food from all over the city and the nation.
“It’s like a big funeral — the first thing people do is bring food,” Sylvester said. The church has accepted food from many places: sandwich stores, pizza places and other churches making hot meals for distribution. Twice a day they serve anyone that needs a meal. If the site gets too much food, volunteers drive out into the neighborhoods and hand out meals to people cleaning up rubble.
On Thursday, they served pulled pork sandwiches and chips. Ron said that being able to feed volunteers who are coming in from all over the country has been especially important.
“For us to be able to help them has been really great,” he said.
With the help of volunteers, the church had been organized to accommodate most of the supplies that have been donated. One group of volunteers from Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Naperville, Ill., has been helping the Sylvesters since Sunday to sort through all the donations. More donations arrive daily from businesses, churches and organizations such as the Red Cross.
“It’s just this amazing outpouring of people’s love,” Sylvester said.
When the Naperville group arrived, the Moore church was overwhelmed with items such as clothes, diapers and food. They organized several rooms, specifying areas for food, toiletries, baby items, toys and clothes.
“We want to give them their church back,” Brandon Carter, a Trinity Naperville volunteer, said.