Church Helps Victims of Fire Get Ready for the First Day of School

Doris Salton stared off into the distance, contemplating her losses, after a fire destroyed her Clearbrook Village Apartment. "Crying and praying. I don't like for people to see me like that, so I try to stay happy," she said.

As a mother of two high schoolers, Salton's main concern was to make sure her daughters could go back to school on time Monday, despite losing everything in the fire. Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church heard many children were in the same predicament. "We understand that they have a lot of challenges already in the schools with the gangs and the shootings that have been occuring in our city and we just wanted to reach out to them, supply them with all of their needs," explained Youth Pastor Timothy Jackson, Jr.

Church members collected school supplies and other important items to help the children and their families get back on their feet. Volunteers, like middle schooler Shelby Pruitt, say this outpouring is about compassion. "I don't want them to go back to school being the only child to be there without any supplies and people trying to make fun of them," she said.

Salton left the church with a care package of school supplies, school uniforms and other necessities. She says it's a much needed boost, as the family struggles to start over. Olivet Fellowship plans to continue reaching out to the fire victims until life returns to normal. The church is located at 4450 Knight Arnold Road, (901) 794-7177.