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Volunteers swarm communities
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
April 25, 2011
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Volunteers swarm communities

Volunteers swarm communities
Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
April 25, 2011

Most North Carolinians were surprised

by the storm system that moved across the state April 16.

Blazing a trail in what meteorologists called a “squall

line,” the National Weather Service had confirmed 28 tornadoes ripped

neighborhoods and businesses apart, killing 24 people in the state.

“You learn that there are a lot of people who want to help,”

said Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptist Men, “a lot

of people with big hearts … a lot of people who want to do what they can to

help their neighbors.”

As of April 25 Baptist Men was working in 13 locations in 12

counties: Bertie, Bladen, Craven, Cumberland,

Green, Halifax,

Johnson, Lee, Onslow, Person, Wake and Wilson.

SEBTS photo

Cleanup continues around the state as North Carolina Baptist Men, Samaritan’s Purse and other volunteers spread out through their communities to serve. Above, a North Raleigh neighborhood was visited by one of the tornadoes that swarmed across North Carolina April 16. Students from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary volunteered during their spring break to help. Send your photos and stories from the storm to [email protected]. See photo gallery.

Thousands of volunteers have provided many services to their

neighbors in need.

Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian

organization based in Boone, responded to the disaster by sending staff and

equipment to three of the hardest hit areas.

More than 400 volunteers in Bertie, Cumberland,

and Wake counties are ministering to the storm victims by cleaning up debris

and making emergency repairs on houses.

As of April 21 Samaritan’s Purse had received 70 requests

for help in a four-mile radius around Wake

Cross Roads Baptist

Church in Raleigh.

“I always thought if I did a little piece of work I should

get paid,” said a youth volunteer from Highland

Baptist Church

in Raleigh.

“But this week I realized if the Lord can open the doors to

heaven free then we can (show) love (for) others.”

Brunson said Baptist Men is in it for the long haul.

At this stage the work is winding down in some areas but the

hardest hit like Wake, Cumberland

and Lee counties, where the Baptist Men has created hubs of activity, will be

in the emergency stage for at least a couple more weeks.

The emergency stage involves chainsaw teams, debris removal,

covering holes with tarps, etc.

The next stage would be repairing the damage like the hole

in a roof.

Baptist Men and Samaritan’s Purse are working out of the

same site in Colerain.

“Everybody is needed,” Brunson said.

On April 16, as soon as a tornado had come and gone, Baptist

Men sent assessment personnel out to see what response would be needed.

“We need to be where the greatest need is,” Brunson said.

With tornadoes, Brunson said it was hard for people to know

where to go and what to do.

“It’s just so quick,” he said.

To help visit www.baptistsonmission.org or donate to North

Carolina Baptist Men, P.O. Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Call (800) 395-5102, ext.

5599, to volunteer.

Visit samaritanspurse.org.

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