With donated metal folding chairs and musical instruments, members of the First Independent Baptist Church on Bluff Springs Road belted out songs of hope Sunday morning, thankful they could still gather together.
The storms that swept through Central Texas last week ravaged the church’s interior, evident in the holes and peeling paint, the barren concrete slab, and a black line 5 and a half feet up a wall showing how high the water rose. A piano was on the stage, still caked with mud.
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HOW TO HELP
Several agencies in the Austin area are collecting donations of items and money for flood victims:
Austin Disaster Relief Network
Collecting financial donations for gift cards, shelter, housing, rebuilding, transportation and other needs. To donate, visit www. adrntx.org or mail to Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), P.O. Box 3817, Cedar Park, TX 78630
American Red Cross of Central Texas
Collecting financial donations. Visit www.redcross. org/tx/austin , call 512-928-4271 or mail to 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin, TX 78723
Salvation Army of Central Texas
Collecting financial donations. www. salvationarmytexas. org/austin
River City Youth Foundation
Seeking clothing for children and adults, nonperishable food, water, diapers, toiletries, baby formula. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive
United Way for Greater Austin
Has launched a text-to-give campaign and online donation page for flood victims. To make a $10 donation to support long-term recovery efforts for flood victims, text UWATX to 85944, or, to give online, visit uwatx. org/flood .