Churches join forces to raise money for Corrigan fire victims

Jaquishia Bean with her two daughters
Jaquishia Bean with her two daughters
The Lilly Island Praise dancers perform to lift spirits.
The Lilly Island Praise dancers perform to lift spirits.
Sandra Meredith with her daughter
Sandra Meredith with her daughter

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) – Seven families were left with nothing after a fire swept through a Corrigan apartment complex on August 1st.

The Corrigan Square Apartments have assigned the families new units, but they are still in need of clothing, furniture, and financial help.

Friday night, the Lilly Island Missionary Baptist Church is reaching out to meet those needs.

Nine churches from Livingston to Nacogdoches are joining hands, to use praise and worship to raise money for the victims.

They call it the "Gospel Extravaganza."

Alive, with her daughters by her side is reason enough for Jaquishia Bean to give thanks to God.

"I'm just grateful that nobody was hurt," said Bean. "It's pretty much a new beginning."

A new beginning for seven families forced to start over.

"We lost everything," said Sandra Meredith.

With heavy hearts, the event offered a chance to smile again.

"Even though sometimes it feels like God is no longer in peoples' hearts, he obviously still is," said Meredith.

"You hear people say that's too bad, we'll pray for you, God bless you, but in times like these, people need more than just someone praying for them, more than someone just bidding them good hopes," said pastor at Lilly Island Missionary Baptist Church Steffan Dirden.

They offer support through praise and worship.

Kejuano Cavanaugh, 13, tells me God called him to reach out.

"My heart feels real good," he said.

Kejuano and others on the Lilly Island Praise Dance team hope to lift spirits.

"After that fire I want to help people get their fresh start," said Bradley Cavanaugh.

"Help them get their houses back and make sure they'll be okay," said Taylor Cole.

Jaquishia and Sandra say this is the type of support that's sure to get them back on their feet.

"It's not as hard as it would have been if it hadn't been for so many people willing to help," said Meredith.

They say God will take care of the rest.

The churches hope to raise $5,000 and won't stop until they reach this goal.

If you'd like to donate, you can contact organizers at 936-433-0353.

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