Volunteers from around the nation come to Heritage United Methodist Church in D'Iberville. "Since the second week after the storm, we have been a place that host volunteers from all over the country. We provide them a place to sleep, a place to cook their meals, and introduce them to our families in need," says David Cumbest, pastor of Heritage United. He says at least one hundred volunteers pass through his D'Iberville church every week. This week, volunteers from Knoxville, Tennessee are helping rebuild the Coast. "We started getting calls from United Methodist Churches from all over the country and it's been through word of mouth," says Cumbest.
Word of mouth is how volunteers found a storm damaged Biloxi home, which dozens are now working on. They are installing windows and siding. "We knew that people down here were hurt . We mucked out five houses in a week. It was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done," says Knoxvilee Volunteer Donald Stumbo. Like many volunteers who are working in South Mississippi, this group of volunteers say they reap the reward.Donald Stumbo, Knoxville Volunteer: "Obviously we are all Christians, and we feel that it is a part of our Christian duty to help. It may be us next," says Stumob.