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Raleigh church provides men, resources for disaster relief

Posted April 15, 2012 6:09 p.m. EDT
Updated April 16, 2012 6:32 a.m. EDT

— Highland Baptist Church in Raleigh chose to remember the deadly tornadoes that slammed the state one year ago by celebrating their disaster relief efforts.

"It's a celebration of how God used this church to respond immediately" to tornado victims, said Lin Honeycutt, a member of the church and a volunteer with the North Carolina Baptist Men.

The Baptist Men are trained in disaster relief efforts and were one of the leading groups sending resources and volunteers into tornado-ravaged areas. Of the group's 13,000 volunteers statewide, 68 are members of Highland Baptist. 

"To have that many trained volunteers in one church is enormous," Honeycutt said.

During two church services Sunday morning, those volunteers remembered the tornado aftermath. From cutting down trees, securing houses, covering roofs and removing debris from homes and yards, every Baptist Men-trained volunteer became a jack of all trades in the storm aftermath.

Volunteers say the church has invested more than $100,000 in tools and equipment for disaster relief, including three recovery trailers.

Glenn Jackson attended Highland Baptist Sunday morning to say "thank you" after his home was hit by a tornado last year.

"We had men out there for weeks," he said. "It was just a daunting task."