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Baptist Men can help tornado victims save on clean-up

Posted May 26, 2011
Updated May 27, 2011

— Volunteers with the North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief are still providing free cleanup assistance to those affected by last month's tornadoes.

Since April 16, more than 10,000 volunteers with the disaster relief group have helped remove toppled trees and other vegetative debris from the yards of more than 450 homeowners, many in Wake County. The group has 265 disaster recovery trailers across the state.

"The Bible tells us to serve, and that's why we do what we do," incident commander Lin Honeycutt said.

The organization has about 75 jobs left, and Honeycutt said they are hoping to help as many storm victims as possible before the city of Raleigh wraps up its curbside pickup on June 1.

"We want them to know we are still here and still taking in jobs," he said. "But it won't last forever."

The Baptist Men's free tree removal service can save homeowners money. Removing trees from a yard can cost anywhere from $100 to more than $2,500 per tree, depending on the size.

Robert Senter, 87, said the heavy equipment and capable hands were a godsend to remove six towering pine trees that fell in the yard of his Maywood Avenue home in Raleigh.

"They are a fine group of men, Baptist men. I can't praise them enough," Senter said.

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The group is part of the Southern Baptist Convention and supported by Baptist churches.

Assistance is available by calling 919-834-7911 or by registering online at www.baptistsonmission.org.

Alternatively, residents can go to Carolina Pines Baptist Church, 2655 S. Saunders St. in Raleigh, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Monday through Saturday or from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The state Department of Transportation will also collect debris from the tornadoes along state-maintained roads in Johnston County until May 31 and in Wake County until June 15.

Vegetation, building materials and furniture should be separated and cut into 5- or 6-foot pieces, if possible. Debris should be placed on the shoulder and out of the roadway. Hazardous materials and major appliances won't be picked up.

Wake County crews will collect storm debris placed along private roads and in subdivisions until June 4. Residents should have the debris by the road by May 31.

Wake County residents can haul their construction debris to any of 11 disposal sites:

  • 10505 Old Stage Road in Raleigh
  • 6025 Old Smithfield Road in Apex
  • 266 Aviation Parkway in Morrisville
  • 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road in Raleigh
  • 8401 Battle Bridge Road in Raleigh
  • 3913 Lillie Liles Road in Wake Forest
  • 9008 Deponie Drive in Raleigh
  • 2001 Durham Road (N.C. Highway 98) in Wake Forest
  • 3337 New Hill-Holleman Road in New Hill
  • 5216 Knightdale-Eagle Rock Road in Knightdale
  • 5051 Wendell Blvd. (U.S. Highway 64 Business) in Wendell

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  • NC Reader May 27, 2011

    Some clarification: First, Baptist Men is an organization that was set up years ago as a different sort of counterpart to Baptist Women/WMU, which was formed to raise money for missions efforts, both abroad and here. Women, as they so often have, took the lead. Baptist Men decided to have a slightly different focus. They put their efforts into hands-on disaster relief. In the last twenty years or so, missions efforts have changed from the model of "raise money and send it to missionaries" to "let's do some more hands-on activities". Therefore, the Baptist Men have become more prominent. More women want to get out and do construction and other formerly "male" work. Many have gone to Baptist Men because of its very effective work.

    I know men and women involved in Baptist Men work. Many are from churches such as mine that ordain women to the ministry (i.e. non-patriarchal). They are fine with the name "Baptist Men" because it is a name very highly respected in disaster relief circles.

  • Madonna May 27, 2011

    This article has a touch of marketing to it. Don't get me wrong, I think that the cause is great and we need more of this community service.

    All mainline Church denominations are aggressively marketing/branding themselves to address church membership and attendance decline that has been occurring since the 1960's. Church marketing has gotten quite sophisticated and expensive~~ in recent years. There is a definite trend in people moving over to non-institutional religion because of this and bloated church governments and budgets.

  • me2you May 27, 2011

    good job!

  • haggis basher May 27, 2011

    "America is a great place to live, is it not?"

    So it is but it may come as a surprise that in most places neighbors help eachother. Its called human nature.

  • haggis basher May 27, 2011

    "What a contrast to some of the other organizations that get the majority of the press and do more harm that good. "

    A who would that be?

  • ICTrue May 26, 2011

    "We have lived in the same house--for over 30 years. Our neighborhood works together. Dont leave the hood on your car up very long or you will draw a crowd of volunteers. Use a muffer on your hammer or you will draw a crowd. Had a tree to fall on my house a couple years ago during the night. The next morning--had 4 neighbors, ropes and chain saw and they were removing the tree off the house. With our neighbors -- you dont even have time to ask them to help-- they are there willing and able before you can dial their number."superman

    America is a great place to live, is it not?

  • ICTrue May 26, 2011

    Organizations like this actually help people and deserve all the credit that we can heap on them. What a contrast to some of the other organizations that get the majority of the press and do more harm that good. Several articles about them today in fact...and just about every day. Let's put the spotlight on these groups that are quitely out there actually doing some good for people.

  • Scubagirl May 26, 2011

    "Whoever titled this article must not have a degree in journalism."

    OR even in THINKING and comprehending what was just written for publication. Sad, sad, sad.

  • sjb2k1 May 26, 2011

    hahahaha glad to see the paid editors took the amateurs' advice and changed the headline to this.

  • ginlee00 May 26, 2011

    Amen, Daisy girl. Some of these bloggers need to get up and get out and do some helping like this fine organization does !!!