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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church Volunteers Aid Tornado Victims
Atlanta GA Journal & Constitution 27Feb00 D1
By Bill Osinski: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CAMILLA, GEORGIA -- More than 100 LDS volunteers joined as many as 300 others Saturday to help clean up the neighborhoods destroyed by a tornado that swept through Camilla on Valentine's Day. The tornado killed 18 and injured about 200. More than 450 homes were destroyed. The project, called "Disaster Saturday," involved people from all over Georgia.

Bishp Fred Lewis, who coordinated the work of the LDS volunteers told the Atlanta Journal &Constitution that the labor was a demonstration of faith, "Anybody can say they believe," he said, "but it takes going out and doing good works to make faith come alive." He also said that the volunteers made the work a matter of prayer when it became clear that they didn't have enough heavy equipment. On Saturday morning, the needed equipment was there.

A "regional meeting" of LDS leaders was posponed so that the leaders could come and work also, according to Lewis. LDS Church leaders first came to Camilla after the tornado to help church members who had suffered in the tornado. But they were shocked to see the extent of the devastation, and decided to do more, "It's one of our principles that we're not just responsible for the members of our church, we're responsible for everyone," he said.

Lewis also said that the volunteers didn't come to get gratitude, "We can't wait for these people to ask for help. They have so many other things pressing on them. We just have to come and do something."


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