Churches band together to help storm victims - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Churches band together to help storm victims

Churches of all denominations in north Mississippi are reaching out to storm victims, providing relief by the bucketful.  

A disaster response team from Hernando United Methodist Church is just one of many from across north Mississippi pitching in to help flood and storm victims in hard hit areas of Mississippi. 

Volunteers spent days filling five gallon buckets with cleaning supplies and other items that have already been delivered to hard hit areas.  

"The main message here is to show people we care," said the Reverend Danny Dabbs of Hernando Methodist Church.  "To reach out and to offer a ministry of presence, a ministry of relief, and a ministry of recovery." 

Twenty-five buckets were recently delivered to flooded areas of Tunica.  Volunteers also helped repair a damaged church roof in Union County.

Dabbs said the relief effort gives a chance for volunteers to use their talents and resources to help others.

"You might maybe bless others, and it winds up that you're blessed," he said.

"I just can't imagine what it would feel like to wake up and see your home flooded or blown away, so its an effort to help people in need," volunteer Don Grant said.

Volunteers said it cost about $35 to fill one of the buckets up.  But no matter the cost, team members said storm victims are always glad to get the help.

In total, volunteers delivered more than 100 buckets to storm ravaged parts of Mississippi.  Churches in Hernando have 25 buckets ready to when disaster strikes again.

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