Tornado volunteers help while church plans restoration service

Tornado volunteers help while church plans restoration service

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The work week is over, but work continued this Saturday to help those affected by last Tuesday's deadly tornado. American Red Cross volunteers in both Jones and Marion counties were busy taking applications at two client assistance locations.

They also served lunch and handed out cleaning kits, tarps, gloves and other items.

"A lot of us spent our day out here on Christmas day and people were so appreciative," said Ann Loveless, an American Red Cross volunteer from Hattiesburg. "But, there was nowhere else that would have been better for us to be, we were still with family," she said.

Meanwhile, the congregation of Woodlawn Church on Highway 98 is preparing to host hundreds of people from across the area Sunday morning for a special service.

"We're just calling it Restore the Community," said Jerron Carney, Pastor of Woodlawn Church. "(The service) happens at 10:30 a.m. And from there, we are going to disperse teams out into the community to work in different residences and buildings.," he said.

The service is being held in the church's Family Life Center because of extensive storm damage to the main sanctuary.