HSU Alums Volunteering Despite the Loss of Their Home in Bastrop County

HSU Alums Volunteering Despite the Loss of Their Home in Bastrop County

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

As pastor of River Valley Christian Fellowship in Bastrop, Texas, Hardin-Simmons University alumnus Cody Whitfill and his family have been serving up hamburgers and helping fire victims however they can.An estimated 1,500 homes have been lost in the wildfires in Bastrop as more than 20,000 acres have burned. Despite the loss of their own home, Whitfill and his wife, Melinda, are part of River Valley Christian Fellowship’s relief effort to help feed the fire fighters, workers, and evacuees. Their daughter, 10-year-old Olivia, and Creed, their 8-year-old son, are also helping with supplying food and water to the evacuees and firefighters.{{more}}HSU’s operations coordinator for Technology Services, Sherri Collins, is Melinda’s mom and says while her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren have lost their home, they have been offered a home in which they can stay rent free until they can rebuild. “They have had such an outpouring of love from people all over the country,” says Collins. “Please continue to pray for their community, the workers, and the firefighters. While Melinda her family are grieving, they are relying on their faith, but still have times of grief when they think of those items lost that are irreplaceable.” Many of the Whitfills’ friends and members of their congregation have also lost homes, all of their belongings, and their pets. To make a monetary donation to help with the relief effort, please send your contributions to the following post office box address: River Valley Christian Fellowship494 Hwy 71 Suites 140-154Bastrop, TX, 78602Memo on check: Bastrop Fire Victim Relief Fund