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Wayne County Flood Victims Call Baptist Volunteers a Godsend

Posted September 30, 1999

— A group of volunteers in yellow hats has arrived in Wayne County, and residents say they are a godsend.

The North Carolina Baptist Men have been helping out across the eastern part of the state. By Saturday night, 110 of them are expected to arrive in Seven Springs to help with the cleanup.

Just as the magnitude of the tragedy is sinking in, help is arriving.

"We had a real heavy burden to come and help," said volunteer Terry Dillard. "There may not be much we can do, but God can do all things, and we're just, we're down here on faith."

Sixty-five volunteers from the North Carolina Baptist Men are already in Seven Springs doing what they can to put the town back together.

They drove hundreds of miles from all over the state to take part in the cleanup.

Residents say the volunteers are a gift.

"If people didn't pitch in and help, I don't know what we would do," said flood victim Ben Jones.

"It's unexplainable. When you see what a mess my house was in, and what they're doing, you can appreciate it," he said.

The volunteers are cleaning up in three stages. The first stage is to tear out everything that is bad. The second stage is to clean up what is left. The third stage will be to rebuild.

FEMAand theRed Crossare also in Seven Springs to help with disaster relief.

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