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Texoma churches help flood victims in Mexico


DENISON -- A group of Texoma churches are spearheading an effort to provide relief to flooding victims south of the border.

Hurricane Ingrid dropped heavy rains over the state of Tamaulipas in Mexico, south of Brownsville.

Dozens lost their lives and some towns became isolated after rising rivers washed away roadways. Hundreds of homes were destroyed.

The category one hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm after it made landfall in mid-September.

Days later, Sammy Garcia drove a trailer full of supplies from Denison to Tamaulipas to help flood victims.

Garcia is the pastor at Iglesia Bautista Camino Real Baptist Church.

"It's people with no homes because the homes washed away, people with no hope," Garcia said.

But now, the pastor is heading back to deliver another round of donations he and several other churches in the area have collected during past few weeks.

Safety becomes a concern for the people delivering the donations once they cross the border into Mexico. During the first trip, the pastor says someone tried to cut them off to take the donations they were trying to deliver.

Hispanic Baptist churches in Denison, Sherman and Gainesville worked together to collect more food and clothing to take during the second trip.

Briza Cano attends First Hispanic Baptist Church in Sherman. She posted flyers and set out collection jars at businesses in the area to spread the word about their efforts.

"We got a good response," Cano said. "I like to help people. I thank God for everything that we have. Sometimes we take it for granted."

Clothing, food and cash donations will be accepted at the Iglesia Bautista Camino Real Baptist Church located at 500 E. Highway 69 in Denison through Tuesday.

The pastor will begin the trip to Mexico early Wednesday morning.