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NC Baptist Men helping tornado victims for free

Posted May 5, 2011

— Almost three weeks after the tornadoes, a neighborhood off Brentwood Road in Raleigh is still a mess, but it's getting better.

Storm victim Daniel Wilkinson says his morning got off to a noisy start recently.

“I woke up this morning to chainsaws, and I looked at my phone. My mom had called and said, ‘Hey, the Baptist Men are going to be here,’” Wilkinson said.

With the smell of fresh-cut wood and chainsaw exhaust in the air, several volunteers from North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief worked all day cutting up trees and carrying them away.

The crews have done this kind of storm clean up at more than 1,000 sites around the state, and they've done it for free.

“We don't charge anything. People travel from all the way across the state to come here and work in the name of Jesus, and that's why we do what we do,” said Lin Honeycutt, with N.C. Baptist Men.

The group wants to help more people. As volunteers go through neighborhoods, wherever they see storm damage, they're leaving flyers, saying, "Please call us.”

Volunteers from Samaritan's Purse were focusing on clean up in North Raleigh, but they had to leave this week to help in Alabama. Baptist Men say they want to fill the need.

“We want to be sure to let folks know that, although our partners left, we're still here to do that work,” Honeycutt said.

Wilkinson says his family is grateful for the help. It brings them and their neighbors a little closer to getting back to normal, however long that takes. Daniel Wilkinson is the son of the late WRAL reporter, Dan Wilkinson.

NC Baptist Men helping tornado victims for free NC Baptist Men helping tornado victims for free

The Baptist Men will remove trees, clean up debris and install tarps on the roof at no cost.

If you need help, stop by Carolina Pines Baptist Church at 2655 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, call 919-834-7911 or visit N.C. Baptist Men's Disaster Relief website. All of their services are free. They're also in need of equipment, such as skid steers and trucks.


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  • DaddyDave May 6, 2011

    I think the Baptist mens group is great, and was glad to have been able to donate in the past knowing that the aid would be going directly to help those in need. Tsunami, hurricanes, and now the tornado.

    However, I know first hand other churches did get involved as well. For example the Sunday after the major Sat tornados, I went and started working with a group helping clean up one damaged house and land, they were from the Kirk of Kildare. They were helping clean up a members yard, but they sent many of the workers up the stree to help other neighbors as well. A great group of folk. Perhaps not as well organized, but just as willing to do whatever they could do.

  • Groovy May 6, 2011

    I live in Sanford and these men helped me dig out from all that debris, professionally secured my roof until the roofers could fix and provided fellowship and kind words on top of all that. These guys really are special. And wouldn't take even a donation for all of their work. Truly men of God.

  • CAVELADY2 May 6, 2011

    I live in Holly Springs and these guys are the best. I don't think I could say thank you enought for all of the help they gave us! BAPTIST MEN ROCK!!!!

  • NMBound May 5, 2011

    I am not involved with the association but had volunteered to help victims from the tornado's on my own and I had the privilege two weekends ago to work with some of the men and women of NC Baptist Men's Disaster Relief group. It was such a wonderful experience considering the circumstance and to see first hand how organized they were and professionalism was very refreshing. What a wonderful organization and such a blessing to those who really need their services at such a dark moment in their lives.

  • ctnorris2011 May 5, 2011

    This organization is AMAZING!! I live in Sanford and these people have been all over my community helping the victims. They have been so great and they deserve so much praise for all of their hard work. They will surely be blessed in heaven!!

  • shadow315 May 5, 2011

    Good story.

  • OGE May 5, 2011

    Thanks dhowell and GWALLY, but I do enough volunteering on my own and go where I feel I am needed.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 5, 2011

    What are the Catholic churches doing to help them?


  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 5, 2011

    ..."Just a question, do the Baptist Men remind the news outlets where they are at and what they are doing? OGE..."


    If you'd care to READ THE STORY, the citizens they helped did that.


  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 5, 2011

    Am blessed to hear it, but according to The Bible, that's what ALL churches should be doing.

    Where are the others?