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Volunteers put in time in the kitchen to benefit storm victims

Volunteers have been preparing meals to take to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News) Volunteers have been preparing meals to take to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)
Volunteers prepare dinner to feed thousands of families. (Source: WMBF News) Volunteers prepare dinner to feed thousands of families. (Source: WMBF News)
American Red Cross volunteers prepare to distribute meals to families in flood-affected areas. (Source: WMBF News) American Red Cross volunteers prepare to distribute meals to families in flood-affected areas. (Source: WMBF News)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Red Cross is still working throughout the Grand Strand to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Volunteers working at a Conway church are preparing thousands of meals a day to help those in need. 

Organizations affiliated with V.O.A.D., which stands for Volunteer Organizations Active in a Disaster, are still on hand to help those affected by flooding and Hurricane Matthew. 

Dozens of volunteers who are part of at least 10 organizations connected through V.O.A.D. are working together to provide a variety of services for those affected by disaster.

The American Red Cross and V.O.AD. are headquartered in Conway at the North Conway Baptist Church. There, families can receive assistance with applying for aid, take a hot shower, get a hot meal, have their clothes washed and more. 

However, none of the efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew would be possible without the volunteers. 

Organizations like Samaritans Purse, IMPACT Ministries, Catholic Charities and the Southern Baptist Convention Cooking Unit and Disaster Team have all assisted with the endeavor. 

John Bailey, who operates the Southern Baptist Convention Cooking unit, said he and volunteers are preparing thousands of meals a day for people affected by the storm. 

"We're not in the limelight; we are on the back burner, if you say," said Bailey. "We do this for the people, not for ourselves. That's the reason we do this, not for gratitude. This is just for the Lord."

Bailey said since Monday, they have prepared 25,000 meals that were packed up and loaded into the American Red Cross' emergency response vehicles that travel to areas affected that need or requested food. 

Most of the volunteers, like Jane Brown, are retired and say they just want to do their part to help those in need. 

"We don't ever see those families. We do all of these and we don't see their faces," Browns said. "So we just trust that the food that we fix will feed their bodies and the love that we're sharing will feed their souls." 

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