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Volunteers Survey Hurricane Damage From Roof Tops

They have different ways of worshiping and showing their faith, but this week Christians from several denominations are united in helping others. Presbyterians, Baptists, Lutherans and more are the repairing roofs damaged in the hurricane.

"It's like the jungle. It's like 65 degrees," said 16-year-old Logan Gentry.

It's hot and the work is hard and tiring. Still volunteers say being on the roof tops of damaged homes made them realize how the hurricane has turned so many people's lives up side down.

"I learned to appreciate all the little things that these people have lost in the flood," Gentry said. "Having a roof over your head without it leaking on you. Having walls that haven't disintegrated from water."

With good hearts, but little roofing experience, these volunteers needed guidance. That's where contractor James Deloach came in. He's in Long Beach this week working for free rather than taking paying jobs back home in North Carolina.

"I just couldn't say no and justify not coming. As bad as everybody is down here, you can't worry about a little money up there. In times like this, it just makes you appreciate what you have and maybe give back for a change," Deloach said.

The Presbyterian Church is paying for repairs to six Long Beach houses including that of the Schultes family. They say their small insurance settlement made paying for the work themselves financially out of reach.

"We'd be basically not getting anything or very little accomplished. Perhaps nothing," William Schultes said. "I don't know how we would be [without the volunteers]. It would be devastating. I'm glad we have them."

The volunteers say they're glad to be here.

"We didn't care what we did. We just wanted to help," Sheryl Jellming said

In addition to North Carolina, the volunteers also come from churches in places like Tennessee, Minnesota and Georgia.

by Danielle Thomas

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