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Rev. Robertson Sends Fire Supplies

July 8, 1998

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Rev. Pat Robertson, whose comments about divine retribution and Central Florida provoked a small furor last month, is donating food, clothing and money to fire victims and firefighters.

On Tuesday, a truck from Robertson’s Virginia-based Operation Blessing International delivered 40,000 pounds of food and the $25,000 check to Orlando’s Human Crisis Council.

Several weeks ago, another truck containing drinks and snacks for firefighters unloaded at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, said Lew Petzold of Operation Blessing.

A third truck is on the way. ``We want to do whatever we can to assist these people,″ Petzold told The Orlando Sentinel.

A spokeswoman for Robertson said Tuesday that the donation was unrelated to Robertson’s comments about Orlando.

The city is the scene of the annual Gay Days celebration, during which rainbow-striped flags flew from downtown utility poles. The event is sponsored by gay groups.

``I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you,″ Robertson said June 8 on ``The 700 Club,″ his Christian Broadcasting Network talk show.

The greater Orlando area had some fires, but the worst of the fires and evacuations were just to the east and northeast, in Flagler and other counties along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

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