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Churches Provide Aid after Devastating London Tower Fire

London: June 16, 2017. (Amanda Casanova) In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, people should remember the many officers who ran toward the building to save others, Andy Walton, a contributing writer for Christian Today, said in a column for ChristianToday.com.

"We owe them more than we can put into words," he said.

Even in the midst of tragedy, Walton said people should also look to the churches, which have stepped up to the area's needs.

St. Clement's opened to provide shelter. The Salvation Army provided food and drinks to emergency services. Donations came into local churches. St. John's, Notting Hill, set up more beds and provided food and even set up a play area for children. Sikh mosques also started taking donations.

"It isn't just material needs of course- spiritual needs are also being met," Walton said in the column. "Prayer vigils, one-to-one listening and services are being held to help people through the devastation."

The Bishop of Kensington also joined families to pray for them and comfort them. He called the churches' work an "outpouring of the most extraordinary love and generosity."

"Our local churches have done a fantastic job opening their hearts and homes and buildings for the local community," he said.

Walton called it a "stunning rapid response."

"Whenever a tragedy happens, you can be sure of two things- emergency services will be putting themselves in harm's way and the local church will be pretty close behind."