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Local Volunteers Return From Mississippi Tornado

BELLBROOK -- While we have been dealing with a tornado watch locally, many people are still recovering from the deadly tornadoes that recently hit our southern hemisphere.  20 Red Cross volunteers from Dayton and Cincinnati have spent the last couple weeks in Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina. Most of them will be coming back this week, but not after leaving a lasting impact on those they served.

The EF4 tornado tore through Arkansas April 27th devastating hundreds of homes  and killing at least 15 people. The next day a tornado with winds of up to 150 mph, left at least 14 people in Mississippi dead.

"It actually covered 10 states and there were 3,000 homes that were completely destroyed or had major damage," said CJ Moore who just returned to Bellbrook Tuesday night after serving two weeks in Meridian, Mississippi. "You went from normalcy to a complete disaster.  There were buses in the trees. There were cars stuck in trees. There were places where you weren't even sure if the house belonged there but there was a slab. There was a lot of devastation, a lot of lives lost."

The volunteers spent most of their time cleaning up debris, distributing supplies, and giving an ear to the hurting families.

"A lot of times people in this situation, they just need you to listen. They need to talk because it's hard to talk to the neighbors because the neighbors are going through the same thing," said Moore. "So having someone from outside come in and actually feel what they're going through and take a walk with them and bring up something funny to them. Just sharing stories and laughter is something that really helps in taking them out of the situation for a few minutes."

Moore says it was really hard leaving yesterday knowing there is still so much work to be done, but says she definitely wants to go back.

"When you first get there everyone is very in shock still," said Moore. "Everyone, even the workers because at first sight you feel 'Oh my gosh, what did I just walk into?' But by the time I left you could see roads, you could see people coming out and talking. They weren't just hibernating in the corner."

Red Cross officials tell us this has actually become one of the largest disasters they've experienced since Super-storm Sandy and they are asking for your donations.

Your donation can be made through:
  http://www.redcross.org
  calling the Dayton Red Cross at 937-222-6711
  mailing to the Dayton Red Cross at 370 W. First St., Dayton, OH  45402
  texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation

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