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Disaster aid agency to dedicate Thomson unit

The Kilpatrick Baptist Association will dedicate its new disaster relief office south of Thomson at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The association operates food services at state and national natural disasters.

Bruce Poss, an associate pastor and youth minister at Marshall Baptist Church, will be on hand for the dedication. Poss was the director of Kilpatrick Baptist Association for several years. Thomson Mayor Ken Usry also will be on hand.

Mike Greenwell directs the Unit 2F feeding office for the Georgia branch of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Thomson-based Kilpatrick Baptist Association represents about 30 churches in 26 counties.

Greenwell's wife, Cindy, said Unit 2F was called to assist when tornadoes hit Alabama and then raked Georgia in April. "We were called to Madison," she said. "We did what we call low-level feeding, and we fed the disaster recovery people who were cleaning up from the storm."

Unit 2F also served when Hurricane Katrina rampaged across Gulf states and devastated New Orleans in August 2005. "Now when Katrina hit, we went there and fed thousands of people a day," Cindy Greenwell said. "In Katrina we were feeding probably 5,000 people a day."

She said much of the service is financed "from the generous gifts of our churches."

"When we're called in by the Red Cross or the Salvation Army, they usually buy the food," she said. "But for low-level feeding it's all us."

Cindy Greenwell said she holds the title of a blue hat. That means she is qualified to set up a site and to work directly with the site commander.

"But most of the time I just like to pitch in and do whatever I can to help," she said.

Kilpatrick Baptist Association is at 1784 Wrens Highway, south of Sweetwater Park.

Web posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011

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