It Takes a Village

Mason Smith, a member of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church, puts his chainsaw to the test by chopping trees and branches for residents devastated by a tornado last week.

Mason Smith, a member of Kitty Hawk Methodist Church, puts his chainsaw to the test by chopping trees and branches for residents devastated by a tornado last week.

BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (May 3, 2014) – As American Red Cross volunteers distributed clean-up kits to area residents affected by last week’s devastating tornadoes, a number of other charitable organizations were busy pitching in as well.  From the buzz of an army of chainsaws to the crunch of dead tree branches being assembled for a waiting wood chipper, volunteers from the United Methodist Church were out in force to do as much work as they possibly can over this weekend.

Steve Green lives in Greenville, NC, and he brought his entire family out to help the affected residents piece back together their lives.  “We have so much and they have nothing, so our faith compelled us to come and do what we could,” said Green.  “I brought my children because they need to see this.  If they don’t learn that terrible things happen to good people now, they won’t learn it later.”

Steve Green and Mike Stroud, members of Covenant United Methodist Church in Greenville, NC, carry away debris from tornado-affected areas of Beaufort County.

Steve Green and Mike Stroud, members of Covenant United Methodist Church in Greenville, NC, carry away debris from tornado-affected areas of Beaufort County.

In addition to having dozens of volunteers, the United Methodist Church also trains for such disasters.  “We run an Early Responder’s Training that helps try to prepare our members for what they’ll encounter and what affected residents need following a natural disaster,” said Don Evans from Apex, NC.  “Our training is invaluable, I believe, in that it introduces them to what they should expect, but you need to see it firsthand to truly understand the importance of your work and the scope of the need.”

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