Local organization sends relief supplies to Christian refugees in Iraq


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A local organization is shipping thousands of dollars worth of relief and recovery supplies to refugees in Iraq.

Volunteers with Hope Charitable Services met at the InterChange Group, Inc. Warehouse in Portsmouth to load the donations.

“I like doing it. I don’t really know why I like helping out. Yes, it feels good,” said Cameron Epperson, who came with other teens helping out at HOPE’s Summer Leadership Camp.

The donations will go to Christian refugees in Northern Iraq, who are returning to their ancient homeland after being driven out by war, according to HOPE founder Bishop Frank Allen.

It’s the organization’s fifth container being sent to the country.

The teens were joined by other members and volunteers from the church, including LeRoy Reynolds, who’s attended for 15 years.

Reynolds says he struggled with drug abuse for years and the church helped him learn how to read in his 50s.

He came to be with the teens to inspire them to continue on the right path and hopes that same path will lead him to be a missionary in Iraq.

“If God could start me reading at the age of 50-plus, there ain’t nothing my God can’t do. One day, I hope to be over there handing them the things,” he said.

The volunteers sent the refuges a message of hope and love.

“We serve a big God from here in America to you in Iraq. God bless you and keep the faith because he will take care of you,” Reynolds said.

The container of donations will be shipped out next week.

To learn more, visit http://www.hopecharitable.org/mission-and-vision.

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