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News on The 700 Club: September 14, 2017

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Well, welcome to "The 700 Club."

President Trump and the first lady and Vice President Pence

are visiting Naples, Florida today.

And they're getting a firsthand look

at the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Their visit comes as some victims of the storm

feel like nobody cares about them.

But CBN's Operation Blessing is on the scene helping people

throughout the state.

Gary Lane brings us the story from Jacksonville, Florida.

GARY LANE: The president and first lady's visit

comes just a day after the horrible nursing home tragedy

north of Miami.

At least eight people died at this assisted living facility

in Hollywood, Florida after it was

left without electricity and air conditioning because

of hurricane Irma.

The oppressive heat and humidity were

too much for the elderly residents to bear.

We depend on those people in those facilities

to care for our most vulnerable elderly population.

And it's really sad when something like this goes on.

GARY LANE: Police are opening a criminal investigation

to learn why facility officials hadn't removed the seniors

and taken them to a safer place.

More than three million Florida residents

are still without power, and FEMA officials now

say 90% of the homes in the Florida Keys

were destroyed or suffered damage

because of the hurricane.

Hurricane Irma has claimed a lot of victims, and some of them

feel like they are truly forgotten people.

And they don't live in places like the big houses in Key West

or in Naples, and those homes have to be rebuilt

and they will be.

But they're forgotten people because they

live in places like this.

This is a marina near Jacksonville.

And the people here, about eight families,

feel like they're forgotten because now this marina is

shutting down.

Closing permanently because of hurricane Irma,

this office sign reads.

Deborah Jennings is one of the seniors living on a sailboat

here.

We have a boat marina here with retired people

on fixed incomes.

Once our bills are paid, our dockage is paid,

there is no more money for us.

GARY LANE: She says Irma hit them hard.

Their boat engines were damaged by the storm

surge and no longer work.

They have little money for food or to fix their boats

and move elsewhere.

Good morning, how are you?

Hanging in there.

GARY LANE: CBN's Operation Blessing learned of their needs

and arrived with food, water, and other supplies.

It was a matter of eating and not eating.

We were down to nothing.

Refrigeration systems are down.

We have no power.

I'm blown away at that wonderful things y'all did for us.

They brought food for all the boats, plentiful.

Just blowed me away with what you have done.

And we really, really thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

GARY LANE: And now they're just praying

that someone will help them tow their broken boats

and find a new place to live.

In the meantime, the Jennings and many others here in Florida

are thankful for Operation Blessing for the food, water,

and other items in a time of crisis,

and for prayers of encouragement for the future.

Lord, just bless them beyond their wildest dreams.

And let them know that you love them, and as a body of Christ

we love them.

In Jesus' name, amen.

Amen.

And thank you Jesus for these people.

GARY LANE: Gary Lane, CBN News, Jacksonville, Florida.

Thank you.

Well, Operation Blessing hasn't forgotten them.

And we're going to be there providing food and water

and we're doing it in your name.

If you're a member of The 700 Club, thank you.

You're part of that relief effort.

Well, not only is Operation Blessing in Florida,

we're still in Texas helping people

in several cities who were hit by Hurricane Harvey.

And Operation Blessing is also in Mexico in one

of the hardest hit areas after that massive 8.1 earthquake

last Thursday.

We're providing food, medical care, and help for the elderly.

And there is an urgent need now for volunteers for Texas.

We need volunteers to help with clean up,

help with removing debris, helping

people restore their lives.

And so if you'd like to volunteer

going into this weekend, we have plenty of opportunity for you.

All you have to do is go to ob.org

and you can find out more about how you can volunteer.

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