The deadly February tornadoes’ effects linger on for the citizens of Essex County. Last week, Essex County’s Long Term Recovery Group teamed up with the United Methodist Core (UMCore) and local churches to repair damages to a DeSha home.
The United Methodist Core organized this particular project, with volunteers from Burnt Factory United Methodist Church doing the repairs. Volunteers patched a rooftop, replaced an entire wall, and gutted interior spaces that were severely water damaged in one family’s home in Essex.
Upper Essex Baptist Church in Caret housed the volunteers for the week while several churches in the community brought lunches and prepared dinners for the volunteers.
“This is our responsibility as a church. This is how we are to serve the community,” said Rev. Roy Foster of Upper Essex Baptist Church.
According to Foster, 98 Essex families were reported to be affected by the storms, 33 of which had their homes condemned or destroyed. He said UMCore will be sending more teams to finish the house on DeSha Road along with 17 other Essex homes.
Foster said that they are still in need of volunteers and donations. Furniture wull be needed as each individual home is completed. Donations to help those affected by the February tornadoes can be made at the Tappahannock branch of Union Bank & Trust by way of a fund set up by Upper Essex Baptist Church or by donating securely with PayPal through the helpessex.com webpage.