Church Collects Lost Memories in Lone Grove

Sunday, February 15th 2009, 10:29 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

LONE GROVE, Oklahoma - Sunday, many residents in Lone Grove took a break from cleaning up to give thanks for what's left after a tornado devastated their close-knit community.

But for one Lone Grove church is helping residents pick up the pieces. The First Baptist Church of Lone Grove has started a lost and found filled with pictures and mementos found in the storm debris.

Several residents were able to find personal treasures they thought were lost.

"We have the more personal effects that are here at our church, and it's just been an amazing thing, an amazing thing," said Linda Crosswhite of the First Baptist Church of Lone Grove.

But that's not the only help pouring out of this tiny congregation. In the church annex, there is also a distribution center packed with shirts, shoes and everyday necessities to help families who were left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

"When the tornado touched down, I grabbed my wife and two kids jumped into the truck to go north," said Robert Sears, who lost his home in Tuesday's tornado.

Although the Sears' home is no more, this Lone Grove dad is counting his blessings.

"I don't care about all the stuff I lost, I just care about my family," Sears said.