Samaritan's Purse volunteer group begins clean-up work for flood victims
DENHAM SPRINGS - Volunteers with Samaritan's Purse are arriving from all over the country to help flood victims. Little by little, one load at a time, volunteers are throwing out the pieces.
"It's hot and there's a lot of stuff and it's the first time I've ever done, I've done tornado once, but not flood, it's kind of a different deal," Steven Lawrence, volunteer, said.
The task at hand seems never ending, but the devastation that surrounds them is enough to keep the group going.
"You know just being here and helping these people, I mean, all this stuff can be replaced, you know, it's the people, that's what it's really about," Lawrence said.
Piles of furniture, clothes, appliances and belongings that a family has accumulated over a lifetime, grew outside as the volunteers continued their recovery efforts. Olive Morgan or her husband never thought something like this would happen to their home.
"We're just taking it one day at a time," Morgan said. "Saturday was his 79th birthday and we spent it on the roof of the house," she said.
For now, Morgan and her family pray for answers and are deciding whether to rebuild or move away.
"We've talked about maybe relocating but where do we go?" Morgan said.
Reality is setting in, but instead of focusing on the loss, Morgan chooses to focus on those helping her family.
"We're of an age that this kind of work is very difficult so it would have taken us months to probably do what they've done in a few hours," Morgan said.
Samaritan's Purse says that it is in need of more volunteers and those interested can register at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Denham Springs.