New Year's day was a day of renewal and restoration in Columbia. All across the city folks were giving up their time to help out in anyway they could.
At the city park near downtown Thursday morning about 100-people gathered for a restoration walk that would take them from the park to the courthouse for a prayer. Columbia resident Cindy Brewer says she had a vision from God earlier in the month to hold a walk to unite the city, but after the tornado the vision became more clear.
"Then on the 23rd he allowed me to see the vision again,"said Brewer. "Then I understood what he was telling me. He was calling us to come together in unity for restoration for our city."
Just down the road at the Ace Hardware behind Wal Mart a local ministry called Just the Crumbs was preparing hot meals to take out into the community. They are serving breakfast and lunch. Donations from the community have enabled them to serve over 1000 meals in the last three days.
"People are very grateful and appreciative and it's been a blessing for us," said Treva Morris.
At the Disaster Relief Command Center, volunteers from all over continue to pour in and sign up.
"We've got volunteers out in the field, it's pretty chaotic,"said Nik Ingram, Woodlawn Church. "We're having to put volunteers in position and try to make things happen around here."
The command center will remain will remain in operation as long as necessary.