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The Body of Christ in Action: Operation Blessing Reaches 10 Florida Cities with Urgent Aid

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GARY LANE: In Fort Myers, the president

praises government responders, who

acted selflessly to save lives in their hurricane.

People thought thousands and thousands of people

may have their lives ended.

And the number is a very small number, which

is a great tribute to you.

GARY LANE: Then in Naples, the president and First Lady

received a warm greeting and cheers,

as they arrived at Estates Mobile Home Park.

They looked over the damage and listened to residents

tell their stories about what happened during the storm.

Then the president and First Lady

served up hoagie sandwiches for lunch.

Let's make America great again.

Come here.

God bless you, sir.

God bless you.

Don't forget to take one.

I got that.

Take another one.

You're wearing a good shirt, take two.

GARY LANE: The president offered words of assurance

that America won't forget Florida.

I just want to tell you, we are there for you 100%.

I'll be back here numerous times.

This is a state that I know very well, as you understand.

And these are special, special people and we love them.

Thank you.

Floridians were encouraged to see President Trump serving up

meals to the people of Naples.

But perhaps more encouraging was to know that CBN's Operation

Blessing was on the ground here in Florida long before Irma


Before Irma threatened Florida, OB stage supplies

had its distribution warehouse in Ocala.

As the hurricane's track became more certain,

trucks were loaded and ready.

Evacuees got help at schools shelters.

Partnering with local churches, OBs already

delivered water, food, and other supplies

to 10 of Florida's hardest hit cities.

In Naples Thursday, a team of volunteers

unloaded an OB truck, filled with items like food and water,

ready for distribution to those who need them.

Jody Gettys is Operation Blessing vice president

for US disaster relief.

Naples is known as one of the wealthiest cities in America

but it also represents some of the poorest

populations in America.

So it's very diverse.

Today we're at Destiny Church with Pastor Greg.

And we're delivering thousands of pounds of product, emergency

food, water supplies, even heater meals

that people can heat up.

GARY LANE: Gettys explains the ready to eat

meals are cooked without electricity.

These are complete kits, spaghetti and meatballs.

It looks like a TV dinner you would get at the grocery store.

But what is unique about this is that it

has the water that you need to pour on to the heating pad

to activate it.

And then what you do is you slip it inside of these boxes

and that becomes an oven.

GARY LANE: Pastor Greg Ball told us

how residents reacted when they also received another hard

to get item, bottled water.

We went down the street just handing water to people.

They were crying, hugging us, trying to pay us.

We're like, this is not about money.

This is meeting the needs of the community.

And that's what the body of Christ is all about.

GARY LANE: A donation from Aloha Church

of Kauai, Hawaii made the Naples distribution possible.

Pastor Ball says it's important for people

to demonstrate care and concern for others in need.

To be able to help take care of people,

that's what we're all about in the body of Christ.

And we're so grateful to Operation Blessing and the 700

Club for all that they're doing.

They're on the ground and God is doing big things.

And we're so blessed to be partnering with you to see all

that God's going to do.

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


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