Miami's Celebrate Recovery is issuing a challenge to other faith organizations and local businesses to help equip the OKERT team ahead of their upcoming deployment to Texas.

MIAMI – The Miami chapter of Celebrate Recovery is challenging the community to walk its walk in aiding a locally organized relief mission to Texas.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program utilizing a 12 Step structure in conjunction with Biblical teachings.

The local group, through Father's House Church in Miami, has jumped in to help the Commerce-based Oklahoma Emergency Response Team (OKERT) by donating the use of a trailer it has begun to fill with needed supplies for a mission to Texas.

OKERT has set a date of Sept. 8 for what it has dubbed "Operation Lone Star Rescue," for deployment of an aid mission to Texas to assist with emergency response following Hurricane Harvey.

Now Miami's Celebrate Recovery is issuing a challenge to other faith organizations and local businesses to help equip the OKERT team ahead of their upcoming deployment.

"We wanted to bless this effort and our community. Texas is us. Their heart is in this region too," said Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader Kristy Bauer. "We've had our fair share of things like flooding here in Miami, and when you give it comes back. So we are challenging others, especially the churches to donate and get this trailer full and then some."

A Disabled Veterans 501(c)3 organization, OKERT is an all-volunteer team of Oklahoma citizens and veterans that trains members through its free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course for state and national certification in base recovery operations for disasters like the flooding in Texas.

OKERT Chief of Operations Beau Ross said the team will be accepting donations through Sept. 7 for "Operation Lone Star Rescue." The team is currently planning to deploy to the Houston area for approximately 3-5 days.

The main items requested are:

First Aid supplies Hygiene items (Toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes and diapers) Camping supplies (Tents, flashlights, sleeping bags, lanterns) Socks Rain gear and boots (Rain ponchos, hip waders, high rubber boots) N-95 masks Water/Gatorade Non-perishable food/snacks

OKERT is also seeking use of a big box panel truck to help with hauling donated items and equipment.

To arrange a donation contact Ross at 918-541-4495 or Frank Hernandez at 918-919-1578.

Monetary donations can be made via PayPal to raldridge60@yahoo.com or directly to the OKERT account at Welch State Bank. All money goes to the Texas mission and is tax deductible.

The Miami Celebrate Recovery group meets every Monday at the Our Father's House Church, located at 2226 G NW in Miami from 6-9 p.m. For more information contact Bauer at 918-540-2257 or bauerkristyrnc@gmail.com.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor for the Miami News-Record. Contact her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.