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Alpharetta church group aids in Sandy recovery

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An Alpharetta church group has pulled out all the stops to respond to superstorm Sandy. FEMA has asked the North American Mission Board to serve nearly a half-million meals a day to Sandy's victims.

"We're not here just because we want to be here. We're not here because we're getting paid to do it. We're here because we love them and want to support them in a time of need," said John Gore.

The group is an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention and based in Alpharetta. Its mission control is a room staffed by workers who are dispatching volunteers to the affected areas.

The church is fully equipped to handle the mess left in wake of Sandy's wrath. They even carry heavy-duty generators in the event that there's no power.

The church keeps three big rigs in Alpharetta.  One of them is already in New Jersey, loaded with roofing tarps, water and, of course, Bibles.

"When you've lost everything, or your life has just been turned upside down, you want someone to talk to sometimes about spiritual things," said Mike Ebert, the group's spokesman.

Ebert says while the church is equipped and staffed mostly with volunteers. Meeting FEMA's needs of 450,000 meals a day is not something they budgeted for.

"So often on the site, we have to ship in and buy food as well. So, there are a lot of needs we have and that's why we do need donations right now," said Ebert.

For more information about the North American Mission Board of The Southern Baptist Convention, visit:

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