Volunteers from all around the state help those in need | Community Spirit
Since Sunday’s devastating tornado hit the Pine Belt, there has been an outpouring of volunteers from all corners of the state doing their part to help those in need.
“When I watched the videos, heard the stories, and saw pictures of the damage I knew I had to get down here to help.” Said Oxford resident Sarah Conque.
Conque, who graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010, went on to say “I love Hattiesburg and when someone you love needs your help, you do it!”
Conque asked a few friends to join her and then headed for the storm ravaged Hattiesburg. She called some friends from Hattiesburg and put her in touch with Temple Baptist Church’s relief efforts for the neediest areas.
“Seeing the damage this tornado left behind left me speechless.” Conque Said. “A common response from the folks I encountered in the neighborhoods was, "We may have lost our homes but we still have our lives. That's what's most important."” She added.
Because of the calm nature and high spirits of the residents, Conque said she did not feel like there was devastation all around her.
Conque did have one more thing to add. “If I know one thing about Hattiesburg and the people, it will bounce back with more vibrancy and resiliency than ever before.”
To volunteer and help those less fortunate, contact your local church or the Hattiesburg Salvation army at (601) 544-3684.