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Feeding Mouths And Souls: Visalia Pastor To Help Sandy Victims

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VISALIA, Calif. (KMPH) -

Although we're more than three thousand miles away, people here in Valley are stepping up to care for Sandy victims.

A South Valley pastor plans to help restore hope in those coping with the devastation.

"It's hard on your soul to see the pain and the destruction," said Pastor Bob Grenier of Calvary Chapel in Visalia.

He volunteered to join a network of pastors across California.

They'll travel to Ocean Grove, New Jersey to feed mouths and souls of those left with nothing.

"When people have lost all their material things, they're devastated also emotionally. So being able to come alongside a person who's lost everything, and just love them and express care and concern for them is a real boost in the moment. But to be able to follow that up with practical help, those two things together can make a huge difference," said Pastor Bob.

This isn't the first time pastors and members at the church have volunteered to travel to disaster zones. Pastor Bob has helped out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Thailand, and after the 9/11 attacks in New York.

"There's so much to do, and you can only do a little bit, but if you do a little bit, and everybody does a little bit, it adds up to a lot," said Pastor Bob.

A mobile kitchen, used in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, is now on its way to New Jersey.

"And we'll get that baby up and running and we'll be serving hot meals for people," said Pastor Bob.

But he knows people in New Jersey need more than just food and shelter to re-group. While he's there, he hopes to also help restore their faith.

"It's just hard for your soul to be exposed to tragedy," said the pastor.

If you would like to help, you can send donations to this address:

Calvary Chapel Visalia
P.O. box 6219
Visalia, CA  93290.

The pastor says 100-percent of your donation will go directly to helping feed and care for hurricane victims.

In the coming weeks, another pastor from Calvary Chapel will travel to New Jersey.

The church is footing the expenses of sending them to the East Coast.

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