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Strangers Offer Aid To Storm Victims

Jane Murray Jane Murray
Sandra Welbern Sandra Welbern
Chris Howell Chris Howell

GALLATIN, Tenn. - Mother Nature's worst is bringing out the best in others.

In communities affected by Tuesday night's tornadoes, strangers continue to help strangers.

At Gallatin's Hartsville Pike Church of Christ, one of many shelter sites across the Midstate, people are frequently dropping off food, blankets, clothing, toiletries and other items for victims.

"I feel sorry for these people and I just want the Lord to bless them and keep them safe," said Shirley Grizzle, who donated items.

"You don't realize what you lose until you go to grab it and realize it's gone," said another volunteer as he carried in cases of bottled water.

In April 2006, his home was destroyed when storms ripped through parts of the Midstate.

The church opened served as a recovery center after that tragedy.

"We're not doing it for glory," said Chris Howell of Hartsville Pike Church of Christ. "Just like the Bible says, 'Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.'"

At Gallatin CARES, Jane Murray said many people "opened up their hearts, their closets and their checkbooks and they helped out."

Many volunteers said they've been blessed and want to be blessings to others.

"My husband died last July and I've been putting off getting rid of his things because it's so final," said Sandra Welbern, who is donating items.

"It still hurts right here," she said, placing a hand over her heart. "But I know he would want to help these people.

The drop off site closes at 8 p.m. Friday and reopens 8 a.m. Saturday.

For more information or to get help, call Gallatin CARES, 452-5732.

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