PETAL, MS (WDAM) - In an effort to get tornado victims back into their homes, volunteers with the Mennonite Disaster Service have helped build 12 houses. On Wednesday, Economy Supply honored the volunteers with a luncheon for their commitment to the community.
Rose's Bar-B-Q and Catering was provided to the volunteers, which included ribs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans and even banana pudding for those craving something sweet.
MDS is expected to leave sometime next month. But, those they work with say the impact they'll leave behind will be lasting.
"They will be missed," said Economy Supply salesman Taaomadge Anderson. "Not to mention just the volunteers and their demeanor and just their presence. They will be missed."
With the help of MDS, tornado victims have been able to move back into their homes at a faster rate, according to R3SM volunteer coordinator Chris Adams. Officials say more than 20 homes are expected to be built for tornado victims.
"We absolutely would not be where we are in our recovery process without Mennonite Disaster Service," said Adams. "By the time they leave next month, they will have completed 19 new constructions as well as multiple major repair jobs for us."
The 13th home dedication is scheduled for Friday in Hattiesburg.