TBM tops 1,000 volunteer days—and still counting—after tornadoes

Texas Baptist Men disaster relief chainsaw crews completed 133 jobs in North Texas by mid-January, and they continue to work. (Photo / Ken Camp)

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ROWLETT—Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers completed damage assessment, debris removal and chainsaw work in Ellis and Collin counties, but they continued ministry in Rowlett and Garland, helping residents affected by tornadoes that hit the day after Christmas.

By Jan. 13, trained TBM volunteers had logged 1,026 days of service. Working from the incident command center they established at First Baptist Church in Rowlett, TBM personnel also coordinated the work of other volunteers who gave 223 days to the ongoing work in eastern Dallas County.

SGBC 450Volunteers from South Garland Baptist Church in Garland served with Texas Baptist Men in Rowlett. (Facebook Photo)One volunteer group—31 members of South Garland Baptist Church in Garland—spent a chilly Saturday morning helping a Japanese widow in Rowlett with no insurance and limited English skills. The tornado damaged about half of the roof on her house, leaving contents in the affected rooms rain-soaked and wind-scattered.

Communicating primarily through an interpreter TBM supplied, the volunteers from South Garland moved her furniture into a temporary storage unit provided by a senior adult organization in Rowlett.

After discarding damaged goods, they boxed smaller household items and personal possessions, moving them into two rooms unaffected by the storm so restoration work could begin in the water-damaged part of her house.

TBM chainsaw crews completed 133 jobs, removing broken limbs and fallen trees, and crews with tarps completed nearly two-dozen temporary roofing jobs for homeowners.

Heavy-equipment operators donated nearly 100 hours, assisting with demolition and large-debris removal.

To contribute to TBM disaster relief, click here or send a check designated “disaster relief” to Texas Baptist Men, 5351 Catron, Dallas 75227.

To contribute to long-term recovery efforts, mail checks to Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery, 7557 Rambler Rd., Suite 1100, Dallas 75231-2310 or click here

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