Local church taking donations to help victims of Dorian in the Carolinas
One church in the Tennessee Valley is gearing up to help people impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Lighthouse Church International Pastor Mitchell Wright says he and his congregation want to help in any way they can.
"That's the great thing. You actually get to go. Actually get to do. And I realize people can't physically be there. But if they can be there just through their giving, that's a great thing,” Pastor Wright said.
Wright and his church have helped those impacted by the tornadoes in Alabama, and victims of hurricanes Michael and Florence.
Now, volunteers are preparing for a fourth mission to help with Hurricane Dorian.
"There are real people behind the devastation,” Wright said.
The storm is expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday. One of the places in Dorian’s path is Wilmington, North Carolina, where people are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
"Their church was a loss. They didn't have one penny of insurance money. Not one penny. It didn't cover hurricanes. It covered everything else, not hurricanes and now they are staring down the barrel of another potential disaster,” Wright said.
The church is asking for any kind of donation, like food, water and even toys for kids. Anything to help those in a tough time.
"They were like, 'you're from the Chattanooga area? And you're all the way over here?' It just amazed him. So it's just a blessing to be able to go out and minister to people in such a way,” Wright said.
Wright says when the Tennessee Valley comes together, the world can overcome anything.
"It's amazing what you can get accomplished when it doesn't matter who gets the credit. All glory goes to God,” Wright said.
The church has its doors open for donations from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It's located at 8593 Hiwassee Street in Charleston, Tennessee.
Donations will be accepted until Friday, September 13.