Volunteers help clean up after tornadoes his Oklahoma

Posted at 5:30 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 23:01:29-05

Days after an EF-1 and an EF-2 tornado hit Green Country, clean up remains top of mind.

Boats meant to be in the water were left on land.

Roofs ripped to shreds and trees pulled from the ground.

Volunteers are helping in any way they can, whether it’s fixing a roof, cutting down branches, offering food and water or a warm place to sit.

"Right now, we’re putting tarp over some of the roofs that have been blown off to keep the rain out of it, keep it dry until they can put a roof on it," Jim Smith, a volunteer with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, said.

After an EF-2 tornado struck near Lake Tenkiller Friday which destroyed homes and boats, damaged hangers, volunteers like Smith, rushed in.

"There’s a lot of devastation that goes on but there’s a lot of hurt that comes to people. Their emotions are really stepped on," Smith said.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief offered their help in more ways than one.

"This is first and foremost a mission, a ministry," Smith said. "We come in here and try to help them out emotionally also and present them with the word of God."

Freda Holmes home was missed by the tornado and has been volunteering with her church.

She said she feels it’s her job to be there for her friends.

"We have an aid station," Holmes said. "We’re giving out food and water and even gave clothes away."

Smith also believes this is where he’s meant to be.

"It probably is the center of my life right now as far as the ministry goes," Smith said. "It means a lot emotionally, spiritually and it means I’m working close with God and what he wants me to do."

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