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Local churches span gap between devastation and insurance money

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(KMOV) -- Help is here for the survivors of the Good Friday tornadoes. 

Volunteers are set up right inside some of the hardest hit areas.  News 4 has detailed information about where you can go to get what you need until those insurance checks arrive.

A truck-load of love rolls onto the parking lot of Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis in Overland.  Helping hands unload a 53-foot trailer stuffed with supplies.  They've got the basics tornado survivors need to get through the weeks ahead.  Church members will start going door to door through devastated areas that are still getting pounded by a relentless rain.

The Church of Christ stocks up for emergencies just like these.

"The warehouse in Nashville gets donations from area churches all over the country," Darren Wisor said.

Even amidst their own turmoil at Zion Lutheran, the Christian spirit prevails.

"We have to do something," Pastor Mark Femmel said.  "As much as God loves us, it's time for us to show that love to the world."

Good Friday service was interrupted by tornado sirens. Many of the church's own members went home to damaged or destroyed houses.  And yet the congregation has assembled donated clothes, shoes, food, cleaning supplies, bottled water, even toys and boxes for clean up.

"Even if insurance will eventually pay, allow us to make your ends meet now," Pastor Femmel said.

Now, Zion Lutheran just needs you to know that help is here and waiting.

"It breaks your heart," Pastor Femmel said.  "But then you walk in here and see all of these things for people to take home, and it makes your heart sing."

Here are the locations and phone numbers for the churches offering immediate help:

Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis
11050 North Warson Rd.
Overland, MO 63114
(314) 429-7070

Zion Lutheran Church
12075 Dorsett Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
(314) 739-6121

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