Volunteers from all over the country have descended on the Pinebelt to help with clean up and recovery from the tornado. Almost sixty of those volunteers putting smiles on storm victims faces are from Samaritan's Purse, a Christian organization that responds worldwide for disaster relief.
Samaritans Purse Disaster Relief North America has been in town since the tornado, and project manager Tony McNeil says they'll stay until there's no work left to do. They've brought in heavy equipment and many are professional roofers, tree cutters, and machine operators. Samaritan's Purse is a faith based organization run by Franklin Graham, evangelist Billy Graham's son, and volunteers say to serve their fellow man and the Lord can be summed up as a "Blessing".
"I think for me in my situation it's good to give back. I really like that", says second tour volunteer Gary Redmon who came in from North Carolina. Project Manager Tony McNeil says, "It's a blessing. It is our faith that draws us to do this. As Jesus commanded us, God commands us to do likewise. So, it's our hope and prayer that we go out in this community and they see that we are here to help them."
Samaritan's Purse volunteers come from far and away, but you can volunteer right here in the Pinebelt by visiting their operations center at Petal-Harvey Baptist Church in Petal.