A convoy of 21 Oklahoma Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are on the road to Middletown, N.Y., to help feed those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"They called (Wednesday) afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ... and we left at 7 a.m. this morning ... We're taking a crew to Middletown, north of New York City," said Dan Fuller on Thursday morning, a passenger in one of the team's rigs. Fuller is the "blue cap" or main leader for food preparation for the Southwest Zone of the Oklahoma Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team.
Four of the group's rigs are on the way to Middletown, which is in the Hudson Valley portion of New York state about 35 miles west of West Point, N.Y.
"We're going to be feeding those emergency workers and anyone who needs assistance ... we'll probably do 10,000 meals a day," Fuller said, explaining they will be there about 10 days.
Fuller, from Medicine Park, has been a blue cap with the Baptist Disaster Relief food preparation team for 15 years. During the Colorado wildfires in July, he helped train the Colorado Baptist food preparation leaders and in 3 days helped cook 8,500 meals.
Just this year, Oklahoma Baptist's volunteers have responded to wildfires in Oklahoma and Colorado and Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana. Even before Hurricane Sandy made land on the New Jersey, the group was on standby to assist with any damage, according to Sam Porter, Disaster Relief director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO).