First West cooks meals for victims
The kitchen at First Baptist West Church served as a facility to cook over 4,000 meals that were distributed to the victims of floods that swept through Lawton and the surrounding area last month.
Harold Gaches, the church's pastor, said the busiest times were Wednesday through Saturday last week when meals were cooked twice a day in coordination with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the American Red Cross.
"We had trained volunteers from the church and other churches in the area who came to prepare the meal," Gaches said. " ... After we cooked the meals we stored them in a container that was picked by the Red Cross for distribution."
There were 15-20 people working daily to prepare the meals at the church and the meals were distributed by the Red Cross to the flood victims at Lawton, Cache and Indiahoma, he said.
Gaches said the church is still taking part in the relief efforts and is coordinating with the state Baptist convention to help the people affected by the flood to clean up their houses and get them settled. There are about 30 crew members staying at the church these days who have come from different parts of the United States and also from Mexico, he added.
"People call us and request for help with cleaning their house," Gaches said. "We have been helping them with tearing out their carpet, moving the furniture, mold removal ... "