Missionaries help Appomattox tornado victims make repairs insurance failed to cover

Published: Jun. 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM EDT
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What would motivate a group of teenagers to travel five hours to fix a perfect stranger's roof?

"To help people see a bright light in a dark time," explained Abby Herrera, a high school student from Nickelsville, Virginia near Bristol.

The youth group from Herrera's church is in Appomattox this week to fix homes damaged by February's tornado.

"It's just crazy how it could happen one day and you never know," Herrera told WDBJ7.

Many homes in the area where the storm hit still need repairs.

A group of concerned citizens has formed the Appomattox Long Term Recovery Group to address needs that haven't been met.

"Folks are still trying to adjust to the new normal that's happening after the tornado came through," said Adam Tyler, a pastor and chair of the Appomattox Long Term Recovery Group.

Organizations like Virginia Baptist Disaster Response are sending volunteers to clean up debris and take care of work that wasn't covered by insurance.

"We didn't know how we were going to get our roof fixed," said Delores Mosley, who told WDBJ7 that her damage claims were denied by her insurance carrier.

"I prayed every night and God answered my prayer," Mosley said. "God is good."

The volunteers from Nickelsville say, even though they live hours apart, they consider Appomattox a neighbor.

"We're all in this together," said Mary Beth Keith, an adult leader of the Nickelsville youth group. "The main thing we want to do is just show Christ's love and help others."

Volunteers will be in Appomattox County all summer to work on projects. BB&T bank is sending about 85 of its employees on Thursday to address different needs in the community.