Church serves as hub for donations for evacuees in local shelters

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The Vista Community Church at 7051 Stonehollow Dr. in Temple has become the hub for donations for evacuees in Bell County.

The church was originally set up as a shelter for evacuees, but switched to a donation hub Monday morning.

Donations that were originally dropped off at the Bell County Expo Center were transported to Vista, and individual donations poured in all day.

Volunteers worked to sort through piles of clothing, shoes, baby items, and even bedding.

All of the items will be delivered to evacuee shelters throughout Bell County based on each shelter’s specific needs, Donations Coordinator Jon Stroker said.

“We’re sorting, we’re organizing, we’re fulfilling, everyone’s happy, we have food that’s been donated to provide for volunteers,” Stroker said.

“It’s amazing to see the community come together at one place; people we know and people we don’t know, to do something big to take care of people when they’re in need.”

Stroker said Vista does not need donations of food or water.

What’s needed, he said, are youth and teen clothing, and pull-ups, diapers, pacifiers and formula.

Donations will be accepted at the church from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the week.

Those who wish to volunteer can sign up on Vista’s website, listed at the top of the page.

The website also includes an option for monetary donations, and an updated list of items the church is most in need of.