Middle Tennessee nonprofit readies 20 teams of volunteers for Florence recovery


Volunteers with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board have been working hard all week, loading up trucks and trailers, preparing to hit the Carolina coast. 

“They’re all ready to go, their bags are packed and they’re just looking for a place to go,” said Wesley Jones, disaster relief specialist with the nonprofit. 

From providing hot meals to hot showers, volunteers are gearing up to help Hurricane Florence victims who are now flooded out of their homes. 

“We want to get them back on the process of healing their lives and putting their lives back together,” Jones said. 

The nonprofit works with first responders in disaster areas to figure out where to send their crews.   

As soon as volunteers get the call, 20 teams will hit the road. 

Jones who organizes each crew says along with a meal and a shower, volunteers also offer a kind word. 

“We ask if we can pray with them and then we present them a Bible with all the team members that worked on it and signatures inside of it,” Jones said. 

It’s the kind of giving back that some volunteers say does more for them than those who have been displaced. 

“We get more out of it than they do,” said volunteer Chuck Thacker. “You can’t describe the feeling that you get when you go in and help somebody. “ 

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