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ELDON - An Eldon church that served as a tornado shelter on May 22 will continue providing recovery help for the community. The First Church of Nazarene hosted the Eldon Multi Agency Resource Center, or M.A.R.C., on Saturday from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. 

The church's pastor, Jerry Frye, said he hopes people are able to get the help they need during the event. He also hopes to offer a message of positivity to those who attend.

"I would tell them that there's hope. And that even though we lose stuff, it's just stuff," Frye said. 

Frye said the church is one of Eldon's designated tornado shelters.

"We had, they say, between 50 and 60 people here seeking shelter. Not only from our own congregation, but from Eldon Manor, Little Creek, and the nursing home up the street," Frye said.

The church was able to shelter several residents using wheelchairs as well.

"We have a basement here that's a shelter and we have ramps to every level, so it's accessible for those with needs," Frye said.

Frye said Eldon is full of people who care about their community and the people in it.

"They've shown that throughout this whole ordeal. They've just time and again shown their love and their concern for others, helping chop trees, chop brush, and include people and have them stay in their homes. It's a loving community," Frye said.

Frye said there is a big need for the M.A.R.C. in Eldon, and the disaster relief services will help a great number of people.

"Lots of people, they're resilient, but still it's a significant loss. They hurt. They didn't expect this," Frye said. 

A press release from the American Red Cross said the M.A.R.C. is a non-profit center where operators connect agencies with people impacted by disasters. The M.A.R.C. is designated by state emergency management.

Those in need will be able to meet with financial, legal, and health services. They can also find insurance information, get food stamps replaced, get emotional and spiritual care, and much more.

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