September 13, 2017 10:37 PM
With normalcy disrupted in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a local church is using one of its normal traditions to help.
The Hermantown Community Church has a fall block party every year. It's a free event for people to enjoy food, music and inflatables.
"Normally, this is just a way for us to love Hermantown and say how much we appreciate them," Creative Arts Pastor Mac Dwyer said, "but we figured it would be a good opportunity for Hermantown to kind of come together with us as we reach out to other communities around the country."
This year, they decided to do more with it by collecting donations that will help fund Convoy for Hope, a nonprofit that has helped thousands in Texas, Florida and across the south.
Dwyer said they hope HCC is part of a broader message.
"We're here as a church to tell people that God loves them, that God has compassion towards them and that He's done so many things for them," Dwyer said, "but also to extend that hand of compassion in a practical way. And so we want them to know that they're not alone."
He said they've heard directly from people who were impacted by Harvey that are staying in the Northland, and they are proud to help financially.
"We can't be down there with the over 2,000 volunteers that are in Texas," Dwyer said. "But what we can do is to give of our resources and to provide a hand of compassion in any way that we can. It's a privilege for us to be able to do that."
Updated: September 13, 2017 10:37 PM
Created: September 13, 2017 09:39 PM
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