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South Mississippi man collects tools to help Sandy victims

Thomas Barnes Thomas Barnes
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

One man hopes he can change hundreds of lives affected by Hurricane Sandy. Thomas Barnes was at the Long Beach Harbor Sunday collecting tools. His plan is to take a Greyhound bus to New Jersey to help and teach people the rebuilding process.

Thomas Barnes said, "You have your dry wall saws, your gloves, you have a flat bar for stripping the dry wall and your dust mask of course. Because there's probably already some mold growing up there and we all know about the mold situation."

Simple inexpensive tools are what Barnes hopes he can use to make a difference in the hundreds of lives affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Barnes said, "This basic set up that a man donated earlier is going to cost about $38. You have what you need to strip drywall from a house, as well as, start replacing drywall in a house. And my goal is to head up their and educate them and try to teach them basic construction skills are all you need to start getting on the road to recovery."

Barnes said stripping the home is the first step to rebuilding and that's what he'll be doing more than 1,000 miles away in Union, New Jersey.

Barnes said, "The people I'm going to help are from Kane University. It's a group called, Be the Change. If anybody has been helped by the two toy drives we've had in the last two years at the Long Beach Harbor, those are the people that are responsible for that. They came here and helped after Katrina. They helped in Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis as well. They have a great love for the coast."

Joan Laube didn't have any tools to donate, but wanted to do what she could to help.

Joan Laube said, "We experienced the devastation down here, we know what it's like. We can help in all kinds of ways."

Barnes added, "The northeast hasn't seen a storm like this since the thirties. It's our turn to give it back and we need to."

Barnes said, although tools are needed he will accept any donations to take to victims, who are in desperate need.

Barnes will be leaving at the end of the week. To donate you can call 228-233-6758.

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