BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Members of Long Beach First United Methodist Church joined other community volunteers and Gulf Coast Rescue Mission residents on Saturday to sift through charred rubble.
The cleanup project is step one in an effort to move past a recent fire, and rebuild the rescue mission's dormitory. For the volunteers, it's a chance to give back, not only in Biloxi, but across Harrison County.
"We've got a team of about 60 people that are going all over Gulfport, Biloxi, and Long Beach doing public service, cleaning up parks, visiting nursing homes, a children's shelter, a few other places," said John Kaufman, Long Beach First UMC volunteer.
Investigators say a burning cigarette ignited the fire. The mission's director says the dormitories will be rebuilt.