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Woodlawn Church in Columbia Named as Central Location for Volunteers

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COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

Tornado relief efforts have moved to a central location in Columbia. Woodlawn Church is serving as ground-zero for tornado victims.

“You know a lot of people are coming in with heavy equipment, they're coming in with chainsaws, they're coming in just bring their gloves and their backs,” said Chris Crawford, Processing Coordinator for volunteer efforts.

People are welcome to bring clothing, building materials and their time. This is also the location for those needing services to sign up.

“We're partnering with city and county officials and Woodlawn is the volunteer central," Jerron Carney, Pastor of Woodlawn Church said. “For the whole city, for the whole county; [It's] all the volunteer organizations, Baptists, Methodists, Salvation Army, Red Cross. All of those volunteer organizations are working through the volunteer command center.”

To prepare for rain over the weekend, crews are moving quickly to repair as much damage as they can.

“Today, we're trying to get as many tarps on the roofs as we can, we've got tarps on site, we're also sending out crews to put tarps on,” said Chris Crawford, Processing Coordinator for volunteer efforts. 

People can go to Facebook.com/HelpColumbia or HelpColumbia.com or dial  866-916-8436. 

"Now this call in center is NOT for financial assistance, it's strictly for debris removal, tarping and clean up so that we can help manage our volunteers, get this debris cleaned up as soon as possible so that people can get back to enjoying their homes,” Ingram said.

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