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Volunteers from Carolina school help with tornado recovery

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Volunteers from North Carolina Central University remove tornado debris in east Hattiesburg Friday. Volunteers from North Carolina Central University remove tornado debris in east Hattiesburg Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Six weeks after a tornado devastated many Hattiesburg neighborhoods, volunteers from around the country are still coming to the Hub City to help residents get back on their feet. Friday, Students and advisors from North Carolina Central University spent the day removing debris from around the C.E. Roy Community Center on East 5th Street.

Nearly two dozen folks made the trip from Durham to Hattiesburg.

They'll head back home on Sunday.

"I think service is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to humanity and just to see the looks on the peoples' faces after we finish our service, it's amazing," said Korey J. Mercer, a student volunteer.

"This is a holiday...instead of being home with their families, they're coming here to help people," said Johnny Dupree, mayor of Hattiesburg. "You can't get any better than that," he said.

Students from the university have also volunteered recently in New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C.

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