Bartlett churches work together to help tornado victims

By Lori Brown - bio | email

BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - As people of Yazoo City, Mississippi try to start over from damage tornadoes left behind last weekend, people from across the Mid-South are stepping up to pitch in.

"My mom told us she thought it would be a good idea to bring some food, since they may not have anything," said Katie Robinson, a sixth grade student from Bartlett.

Two churches are leading a local effort: Promise Land Church and Christ Church in Bartlett.

This is what we're called to do as Christians and as human beings," Promise Land Pastor Elliot Shelton said.

"The trailer is just about full," Pas ton John Latimer of Christ Church added. "The people of Memphis have been really responsive."

More than 700 homes were damaged by last weekend's deadly tornadoes.  Ten people were killed in Mississippi and two in Alabama.  Nearly 400 homes were destroyed.

"If you lost your home, you lost just about everything you have. You have nothing," said Donnie Curlin, the Missions Director at Christ Church.

Meanwhile, Marco Woods at Promise Land Church has friends whose homes are now a pile of rubble.

"People are devastated by the things happening down there," he said. "They don't have food, they don't have water, they don't have shelter."

But once the trailer filled by the two churches gets there, at least some people will have somewhere to start.

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