VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - What began as a way to provide for hundreds of East Texans impacted by last year's tornadoes in Van Zandt County has become a new ministry that distributes thousands of pounds of food as often as they can.
The storm clouds didn't keep Pastor Wade McKinney and members of the Christ Embassy Worship Center from hauling more than 50,000 pounds of food to the Canton fairgrounds Friday.
In fact, it's what brought them there.
Wade says he was contacted by a donor who wanted to distribute food to the area most impacted by last year's tornadoes.
That's because, in his 30 years in ministry, "People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care. So that's what we're trying to do, is let people know we care, and that we want to be a blessing to them."
It didn't take long for that message to get out. Minutes after opening the gates, dozens of vehicles were waiting for their blessing.
Angel Zuniga is a member of the church, and says there's an instant connection for her when it comes to helping those in need.
"It just blesses my heart to see their faces light up when they see all the goods they have. Because you never know anybody's situation."
Wade says, "What we're trying to do is show the community that we can all work together and do something good. So, hopefully, we can see some good come out of this."
Pastor Wade says there's no telling when donations of this size will become available. His church usually receives a phone call, which kickstarts the process. You can follow the church's Facebook page for those and other updates.