Amarillo, TX - Michael Graham is a new pastor in town at Redeeming Grace Church off of 77th Avenue and Soncy. When he saw that several of his neighbors septic tanks were under water and some were even without water, he decided to do something about it.
"One day after church I sent out a mass text message to all church members asking to meet up and pass out water to people in the neighborhood," said Graham.
When word got around of what the church was doing, people outside the neighborhood started to donate more water, paper plates, cups, and utensils. The church soon became the donations headquarters for flood victims.
"It really blessed the community because at that point they didn't feel very noticed or helped," said Graham.
Before the city announced they would pump water from this area almost two weeks ago, Graham's efforts seemed like the only solution to give these residents some hope.
"These people are in tears and they're frustrated. It's one thing to see pictures of it on the news or on Facebook, but it's another thing to walk up there and see that their lives are under water," said Graham.
Graham says the residents are grateful for their help and the church's efforts give them the opportunity to build a relationship with the neighborhood. He says he will continue gathering items for people in the Greenways area until everyone's house is clear of water.
"They just want this water out of their lives and out of their homes. So, that's their passion and we want to help in whatever way we can," said Graham.