Video: Volunteers Still Needed for Tornado Clean-Up
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) — Several tornadoes may have touched down in North Mississippi more than two weeks ago, but there’s still plenty of work left to do in Winston County – either cleaning up debris outside, or helping victims with donations.
“It’s heartbreaking to work here, but I love every minute of it,” said volunteer Marty Burks.
Burks and dozens of other volunteers have been working countless hours since the storm blew through, and their work is far from over.
“I’ve been working in the linens. I’ve been working in the clothes. I’ve been working in the toys and the cleaning supplies, so I’ve been everywhere, and helping too when they need something,” Burks said.
“It gets tiresome,” said volunteer Randal Livingston. “You get worn out as you go along that it starts doing its toll on you as days go by.”
About 2,000 people have come to the Louisville Coliseum for help.
While volunteers say their work with the supplies is wrapping up over the next week, they’ll still need more volunteers working out in the field.
“We had several friends that lost their homes, and we’ve just wanted to be there, and help people recover a little bit,” Burks said.
While these volunteers say they know many of these storm victims as their friends, family or neighbors, it doesn’t make helping them any easier.
“It’s really, really hard, ’cause sometimes I cry along with them, and you want to give them it all, and we’re short on supplies, and you can’t give them as much as they want.”
But they say they plan to keep donating and helping with the recovery process, however long it takes.
If you’re interested in donating or volunteering, Livingston says to stop by the Louisville Coliseum, and they’ll find a job for you to do.