Volunteers still helping tornado victims

APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. - The calendar may show that a year has passed, but neighbors say there is still plenty of work to do after an EF-3 tornado tore through Evergreen.

On Twin Tunnel Lane, WFXR News found a small army of volunteers working to build a new home Tuesday afternoon.

"When I heard there was still quite a few (families) that's still not even in their .homes because of the tornado, I thought we can do a whole lot more," said Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church Pastor Neil McLaughlin.

McLaughlin worked alongside other volunteers from churches in the Richmond and Harrisonburg areas

"We're trying to spread the love of God to people, the love of Christ and I feel like we're doing that. Hopefully they can see that through us and through our actions," said Bridgewater United Methodist Church member Dennis Rawley.

"Virginia doesn't get that many tornados, I thought because where I live we don't get that many, and it takes a really, really long time to clean up and recover," said Woodstock United Methodist Church member Eva Selwn.

One volunteer working to build her first wooden deck said she's proud to be a part of a labor of love for strangers. 

"I love this guy names Jesus and that's the thing that he taught us to do; to be his hands and feet in a hurting world. We talk a lot about the things we should do or could do and when it's something small, that can make a big impact," said Bridgewater United Methodist Church member Rebecca Wright. 

A special church service for tornado survivors and members of the community will be held Thursday evening at Evergreen Baptist Church.


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