Alabama volunteers help with Hattiesburg tornado recovery

Alabama volunteers help with Hattiesburg tornado recovery

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A group of volunteers from Alabama were in Hattiesburg Saturday, assisting local volunteers with storm recovery.

16 people from First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa were helping with a couple of recovery projects, including rebuilding a tornado-damaged home on Roby Street.

It was a one-day mission trip for the church.

"Tuscaloosa was hit by a tornado several years ago and a group from Hattiesburg was one of the groups that came and stayed in our church and helped the community and so, we came here really to repay that," said Mark Byars, one of the volunteers.

Nearby, about one dozen more volunteers from Hattiesburg's Trinity Episcopal Church were working at a storm-damaged home on Edwards Street.

They have been volunteering to work on storm recovery projects on the fourth Saturday of each month.

"I do it because it needs to be done, can't do it all, but you can do a little bit, you know, just a little bit, keep doing a little bit," said James McCormick, one of the volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church.

Both groups were coordinated by the long-term recovery agency, Recover, Rebuild, Restore of Southeast Mississippi (R3SM).

That organization said even more volunteers are needed to work more days if recovery efforts are to be successful.

"If we could get the local volunteers to agree to come in every Thursday, every Friday, every Saturday, or whatever, and we had a consistent flow of volunteers, we could still be moving one day closer each time," said Chris Adams, volunteer coordinator for R3SM.

Adams said no other groups are scheduled to volunteer until the end of July.