Letter: Usung heroes at Baptist relief group aid Sacajawea fire victims

August 6, 2013 

I have been reading all the Herald articles about the Sacajawea Apartments fire with great interest, but perhaps reporters have missed something. My husband Bill Grams is disaster relief coordinator for the Columbia Basin (Southern) Baptist Association and was called at 1 a.m. the night of the fire by the Red Cross officials, saying they needed to get CBBA disaster relief volunteers to buy food (to be reimbursed by Red Cross) and cook for all the evacuees at the shelter. My husband started calling trained Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers within a few minutes, and by early morning, he and the other volunteers were at Richland Baptist, cooking and packaging the meals for the Red Cross.

Our volunteers are still there, cooking meals every day for the remaining evacuees. I appreciate the Herald recognizing all the organizations and people who have done great work on responding to this disaster, but I thought you might like to know that there is another group of "unsung heroes" who were some of the first to respond and who are still hard at work.

JUDY GRAMS, Kennewick

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