This spring, the country has suffered some of the most devastating tornadoes in our history. Christian Appalachian Project’s Disaster Relief Team provided assistance in Marshall County, Alabama, for two weeks this spring, working to clear debris and repair homes after devastating tornadoes ripped through the state on April 27. Over those 14 days, the team spent a total of 6,764 hours responding to the vast number of families in need.
President Guy Adams joined the Disaster Relief Team in offering support to the tornado victims. Together, the group was able to offer relief to 47 families, all of whom are now in a better position to continue to rebuild their lives after such destruction. The needs of each family were great, with each home requiring many hours of debris removal and often roof repair and window replacement. Several of the families did not have insurance and professional contractors were offering their services for between $30,000 to $75,000.
The destruction wasn’t isolated to Marshall County. Our disaster crew received four other requests for help–two additional counties in Alabama called, as well as one from Ohio and one from southwestern Kentucky. Storms took quite a toll on the region. We organized donated supplies to be sent to disaster areas while our hands-on labor took place in Alabama. We put to use our entire fleet–trailers, backhoes, tractors, trucks, vans, cars, semis, and buses. Even with all our resources being utilized, the ruin is still great. And the process will not be complete even when the last piece of debris is cleared. The residents of this region have much to rebuild–their entire lives, in fact.
Although Joplin is not an Appalachian city, they are in great need. Given our expertise and ability to assist in natural disasters, CAP was compelled to send this community assistance. We again gathered donations to send to Joplin to assist the families and the community torn apart by this disaster. This is the time for our country to pull together and help. We received the call of distress from Missouri, and answered, just as we answered in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky not a few weeks prior. Through our Operation Sharing division, CAP sent donated supplies to ease the burden of those affected by this storm.
Our resources have been depleted, and we call on you now to help us in delivering aid to these most distressed areas of our country. Sign up to support CAP’s disaster relief efforts today. You can make all the difference for these families who have now have no home. Together we can send them hope.
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