COXEY, Ala. (WHNT) - Unless you've suffered through a disaster, like so many residents of Limestone County, you might not realize the importance of volunteers. Among those helping victims put their lives back together is a grassroots effort that came from the tornados of April 27th, 2011.
Alice Brown has been here at the Lee-Hi Trailer Court in Limestone County since the night the storm hit. Literally. Her home has become a camper trailer parked here among the debris. Some of her volunteers are gathering the metal that was once part of one of the many trailers parked here.
"This trailer park was a complete loss for the owner, so our goal there was to get as much money back as we could so that took recycling," Brown said.
When the metal is sold, all of that money goes back to the owner. Meanwhile another group of her volunteers are helping to get the owner's home ready to be rebuilt. This group is here from Minnesota. When they finish, the house will be ready for the contractors to come in.
"We need the volunteers to keep coming because after a little while people lose interest. And so that's one of the reasons we stay out here is to utilize that energy as much as possible and as efficiently as possible," Brown said.
Keep Volunteering is a Huntsville based organization created after the Aprth 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. Brown says because we've seen this type of devastation before and because we undferstand the immense need the storm victims will face, her organization was created so people could... Keep Volunteering.
Keep Volunteering accepts donations through its webpage. They also need people who have the time and are willing to work. And they need heavy equipment to help move some of the larger pieces of debris.