Salvation Army units feed relief volunteers

SANDERSVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The Salvation Army of Laurel and Hattiesburg fed relief volunteers in Sandersville on Thursday.

"Whatever they need us to do, that's what we're here for," said Hattiesburg Salvation Army's Elizabeth Googe.

Volunteers and victims alike were provided a hot meal in between cutting down trees and salvaging what they could from damaged and destroyed homes.

"It says a lot about the people of Jones County," said Robert Smith with Jones County Beat Four.

The past week has been filled with devastation for many families around the Pine Belt after Monday's storms, but luckily, no fatalities have been reported in this part of the state.

"It kinda reminds me about Katrina a lot," said Smith of the storm damage. "It's just pretty devastating with all of the trees down everywhere. We've just been trying to get the roads cleaned up, and now we're picking the debris up off the right of way off the side of the roads."

Googe said the Salvation Army units were prepared before the storm hit and will continue their efforts until the work is done.

"We went ahead and stocked up on food, supplies, clothing, just any every day items that people need that we forget about," she said.

"They're willing to step up and help and volunteer where they're needed and just help us out," said Smith of Thursday's meal. "It makes us feel good to know that we're over here helping them and then they show their appreciation by feeding us, and we appreciate that."

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