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Out of state volunteers repair storm victim's home

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By Bert Case - bio | email

YAZOO COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A group of church volunteers from Georgia traveled to Yazoo County to repair the home of an elderly woman.  The house was damaged in the April 24th tornado. She lives on old Highway 3,  about three miles southwest of Yazoo City. 

Allen Cummings, who is retired in Yazoo City from the Brown Bottling Company, was just touring the damaged area and found the battered home of the 81-year-old Annie Jenkins. He told his son in Canton, Georgia about her plight and his son arranged for his church, the Hickory Flats United Methodist Church to send volunteers to put a new roof on her house. They also fixed a front window broken out by the storm and local volunteers installed a new electric box. 

"Just the fact that we helped somebody who couldn't help themselves. You can't buy that. It's priceless," said Cummings. 

The head of the volunteer team from Georgia is 58-year-old Terry Sollenberger. "We have on our t-shirts, it says going god knows where, to do god knows what, because we have learned over the years of doing missions, we think we know what we are doing, but when we get there it's something totally different." 

Mrs. Jenkins, who has diabetes and colon cancer, was deeply grateful for the help she got. "I had been asking the Lord for a while to send somebody to help do something, some of this work."

Seven volunteers from Georgia worked on the house and four locals joined them.  They say her greatest need now is a standard size window air conditioner.  

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