Edgefield Baptist Disaster Relief Team Heading to Gulf

By: Meredith Taylor
By: Meredith Taylor

September 6, 2005

A disaster relief team in the area is packing trailers Tuesday afternoon, getting ready to head to Columbia, Mississippi. News 12 is on your side to show you how the 25 people from Edgefield County plan to help clean up the lives of the people they encounter.

He’s seen what a hurricane can do.

“I retired from the power company, worked with hurricanes for 37 years,” said Chief Roger Ellis.

Now Edgefield’s fire chief is going to see what Katrina left behind.

“We’ve been informed that it looks like Hugo in Charleston, with no trees and no electricity,” Ellis said.

Michael Medlock is going with Chief Ellis. They’re both volunteers for the Edgefield Baptist Association’s Disaster Relief Team, a group headed to the Gulf Coast.

“Just mass confusion right now, disaster, trees on everything, power out,” said Medlock.

They’ll do what they can with this equipment they’re taking on a trailer, move trees off the tops of houses, clean yards and debris from areas hardest hit. The big goal is to help people like the elderly who can’t do the work and those with no insurance.

The 25 volunteers in this unit have seen the pictures on TV. They know what they’re getting in to. But in a situation when there’s nothing but loss, they’re managing to find the bright side of how they change the lives of others.

The group will stay at a church in Columbia, Mississippi on airbeds. Everyday they’ll head to different areas of the coast. And even though they’ll only work for three days, everything they do will link the communities there to the community they’ll come back home to.

The unit leaves Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and volunteers are taking a trailer with some food and drinks as well. They’ve already been told they’ll probably be going back in a couple of months.

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