by Kimberly Luste Maran, courtesy Adventist News Network

In response to the recent Texas winter weather disaster, the Oakwood University Church (OUC) and Breath of Live (BOL) Television Ministry conducted a “water drive,” collecting more than 30,000 bottles of water as well as other essential items including socks, undergarments, gently-used clothing, feminine products, and cleaning supplies. The items traveled by truck on Feb. 22, 2021, from Huntsville, Alabama, to the Houston, Texas area.

The donated items were delivered to the World Harvest Seventh-day Adventist Church, a distribution site in Houston — and a church where Carlton P. Byrd, current OUC senior pastor and speaker/director of BOL, previously served as pastor. From there, the much-needed water was given to Houston residents, beginning at 12 noon the next day.

“This will be the first of several trips we will make with supplies to Houston,” said Byrd. “Our brothers and sisters in Texas have gone through so much with the cold weather and winter storms. We wanted to help, and clean water is an essential commodity that we must have, which many residents don’t have access to at present.”

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