Monday, June 7, 2010

Battle Creek tornado Mormon Helping Hands cleanup

A tornado tore through part of Battle Creek last night uprooting trees and ripping off roofs. After church we decided to go see what the damage was. While there Leah suggested that we should be helping rather than looking. She was absolutely right so I called Pres. Saye (counselor in the stake presidency), and Bishop Torrance to see what they thought about organizing some of the brethren to help with the clean up this afternoon. They both thought it was a good idea and Pres. Saye authorized us to use the Mormon Helping Hands jerseys for the project.

I called the mission president to enlist the help of the missionaries and he called the zone leaders in Kalamazoo who brought the jerseys with them. We also had the missionaries from Battle Creek and Marshall helping out. Others who helped out included Jake McNees, Torrey Hutchison, Tom Koopman, Eric Petty, Cheryl Anthony and her daughter Courtney and Carrie Quintano with her kids. We had a wonderful time helping our neighbors clean up tree branches and debris. If you watch the news link above you'll see Torrey and Jake on the news video. They went on ahead while I waited for the missionaries (and jerseys) to show up.

Tomorrow we will be meeting at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church (which lost a large portion of its roof in the storm) to help them continue clearing debris. It was wonderful to be out in the community helping our fellow brothers and sisters. Here is a slide show of some of the damage and some of our service efforts.

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