Hurricane Harvey aftermath: Kentucky group helps Houston pastor who distributes Christmas gifts to children

A group in Kentucky has decided to collect donations and other items to be given to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, as their way of giving back to a pastor who spearheads a mission to bring Christmas gifts to children in their community.

(REUTERS / Rick Wilking)A car dealership is covered by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters near Houston, Texas August 29, 2017.

For more than 10 years now, Houston-based Pastor Andy Hunt has been distributing Christmas gifts to each child in Wolfe County, Kentucky. After Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas, the Hazel Green Fire Department decided to show its gratitude for the pastor's efforts by collecting items that can be distributed to the flood-stricken residents, WKYT detailed.

On Friday night, the group also hosted a benefit featuring several blue grass bands.

"They bring school supplies. They bring food. They bring cleaning supplies, and they have done this for a minimum of 15 years," Julie Rogers said of Pastor Hunt's church. "So with our donations, we want to give back to them because they have richly blessed us over the years."

Ricky Crase, another resident of Wolfe County, said he felt like God had impressed upon his heart the desire to help Pastor Hunt amidst the current trials that he and other people in Houston were facing. He also appealed to the rest of his community to lend a hand to the pastor who had shown them so much kindness for so many years.

Meanwhile, Ignite Community Church in San Antonio spent the afternoon of Sept. 3 holding a prayer drive-thru along Henderson Pass for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The activity was conducted on a day that U.S. President Donald Trump declared as a national day of prayer, News 4 San Antonio reported.

Members of the Ignite Community Church offered prayer, free Bibles, food, and water to passersby who needed any of those. Pastor Chad Schapiro said he considered it a miracle if a person who stops by feels God's love and receives His message.

One of those who stopped by Ignite's prayer drive-thru was Eric Chavarria from Rockport, who turned around right after he saw the church's posters. Although his home had been destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and he now has to stay with his family in San Antonio, the prayer he received uplifted him and made him feel that God was leading him to a new path where he can start his life all over again.