Bakersfield church sends volunteers to Houston to help rebuild after hurricane

Jerry Bryson and Julia Tehrani volunteer at a school in Dickinson, Texas, that was badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Bryson and Tehrani are among a group of 27 sent by Riverlakes Community Church to minister to Texans still recovering from the storm. 

RiverLakes Community Church of Bakersfield sent 27 volunteers this week to the community of Dickinson, Texas, to help people there still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

The church group reports that 75 percent of homes in Dickinson, a small suburb of Houston, were damaged or destroyed by flood waters.

The Bakersfield team arrived Sunday after a 26-hour drive and got to work on projects benefiting five families and one school.

They've removed damaged flooring, hung drywall and are preparing now for a Christmas service that will feature prayers, a meal, movie and gifts for needy families.

The congregation at RiverLakes sent the team with about $5,000 of gift cards and many other wrapped gifts for people who were displaced. The team is led by Angelo Frazier, the pastor of outreach and care at RiverLakes.

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