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Martin County church helping tornado victims

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

It's been more than two weeks since tornadoes destroyed several homes in Martin County, and people say the recovery process is just beginning.

"They're devastated. They've had a tremendous loss," said Pastor Ellis Maynard.

Members of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church in Lovely have been working since day one to help their community.

"In the beginning we just started out, we wanted to do something for the victims,"

The church did not have power the day after the storms, but the pastor says they served cold sandwiches to victims.

Once they regained power, they started collecting donations and cooking food to deliver to those affected. They say at one point, they were delivering nearly 400 meals per day.

"We're not just opening up our storage units and handing it out. We're actually taking it into the disaster area and delivering it to the people themselves," said Maynard.

The church sits just down the road from a hard hit neighborhood, and they say it is truly a miracle that the church is still standing.

"I felt like maybe God had spared our church to know that he needed this church as a place of refuge," said Maynard.

The pastor says the community pulled together to help the victims, but he says as the weeks go on, they still need more help.

"You kind of get out people's minds as things goes on, but yeah we still need lots of volunteers. There's lots of cleanup work that needs to be done," said Maynard.

They say they just want to help their community get back to what it once was.

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