Hurricane Irma developed in the warm waters of the Caribbean, and quickly became a category five hurricane headed for Florida. All news media reported preparations for catastrophic impacts, and all of Florida braced for the worst. Members of the Mt. Olive Church in Apopka, Fla., prayed for the storm to be averted, and hoped for the best. Members worried that if the storm was downgraded, there could still be devastating effects.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, thousands of Floridians were left without electricity, food, and water. Also, many families could not return home due to rising flood waters.
Amid desperation, the Mt. Olive Community Services Department, headed by Olive and Lenworth Gray, orchestrated an effort to feed hundreds of residents in central Florida who were left without food. More than 45 members of community services, along with Carl Ware Sr., pastor of the Mt. Olive Church, assembled to distribute food, and help pack items into cars and trucks that were lined up for several blocks.
WESH 2 News of central Florida was on the scene to capture the event as people poured into the church parking lot to fill up their trunks. More than 1,700 people were provided with packages containing perishable and non-perishable food items. Mt. Olive community services is no stranger to community involvement. They have been distributing food every other Wednesday at the church for more than 10 years. It is their hope to share God’s love through giving.
Southeastern | December 2017