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Tennessee Church Members Continue to Help with Rebuilding Efforts

Some Methodist volunteers from Tennessee have taken on a mission that brings them here to South Mississippi on a regular basis. Since September of last year, hundreds of volunteers from two Knoxville churches have ventured to the coast to help out with rebuilding efforts.

"Today, we've been covering up little nail holes with mud. We hung some sheetrock, too," said Thomas Friedle.

Not many teenagers would consider this an ideal way to spend their vacation. But 13-year-old Thomas Friedle decided to spend his fall break repairing storm-damaged homes in South Mississippi. It's not his first trip here.

"Last trip, I did a lot of sheetrock, too. I also did a lot of insulation," Friedle said.

Friedle is one of hundreds of Knoxville, Tennessee Methodist volunteers who have traveled to Mississippi to lend a hand.

"Our first team came down last September, and in a week's time, with other people, we mucked out eleven homes. Since then, our church has had a team down here almost every month. This is the third trip the youth have been on," said volunteer Jane Currin.

This week, volunteers are working on repairing seven South Mississippi homes.

"We have one gentleman with us who I think has been here 14 or 15 times since last September. He's really given his heart to this and feels a real calling to get people back in their homes. We feel that it's not just about building a house, it's about restoring lives, and getting people back in their homes," Currin said.

By Toni Miles

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