On March 25 an enormous tornado touched down near Birmingham, AL once again causing extensive damage and carrying on its rampage for 122 miles ending up near Peachtree City, GA. Five people died and many were injured from as a result. It seems that the southeast is becoming the new “tornado alley” and the season started in January which is much earlier than usual. 2Serve partnered with the Gulf States Conference by helping the Hoover Seventh-day Adventist Church and their school, Hoover Christian Academy, to organize and respond to help those in their surrounding community. The church had 18 volunteers turn out on Sunday, March 28 to help 4 families. This group included the pastor and head elder who wanted to experience being the hands and feet of Jesus in this type of community outreach. They were so impressed with the impact it makes that they, in conjunction with the Gulf States Conference, are holding a city-wide CERT training in October, 2021. They want to learn to prepare for and respond to disasters when they happen in their community and even throughout the conference as Alabama and Mississippi have more than their share of hurricanes also. On March 26 and 27 Jim Ingersoll led a group of 9 students, 2 teachers, the church pastor and head elder in assisting four families in the Pelham, AL area. An elderly lady had extensive damage to her home and property requiring all the help we could provide over those two days and on March 29 when the school returned to help finish up. The mayor and U.S. Congressman stopped by with food and took pictures with the students and thanked them for being of service to their constituents in such great need.
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