“I decided to do this because people need help,” said Barbara Robertson, volunteer with LCP. “It’s a blessing to be able to help them. God’s been good to us, and we just got to share his love, that’s all there is to it. You do what needs to be done.”
For several months after the tornadoes first hit, LCP was active Monday through Friday organizing volunteers efforts, Burton said. However, it’s taken the teamwork of countless groups, churches and nonprofit organizations to pull off the mass volunteerism.
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“If today meant anything, it’s a reminder that the community still remembers those that have been impacted,” said Caleb Ingram, LCP executive director. “There was an inventory backup, and we thought we might not get this out till January or February. But we reached out to a number of churches primarily. Some churches donated $20,000 collectively so that we could get this delivery out before Christmas. I think it’s just a reminder to every individual that we’ve gone to over the last six months, that we know that they’re there. We remember that they’re there, and we love them.”
St. Vincent de Paul Dayton has acted as a home base for many of the tornado recovery operations. Saturday, LCP donated all the moving trucks and furniture to be delivered.
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“St. Vincent de Paul has also put in funds of their own to make this happen,” Ingram said. “Even the churches that donated, the donations went to St. Vincent so they could bulk order these couches. So the amount of money is a fraction of what it would cost if we went to the store and bought a couch. So funds came in and they would order 100 couches at a time.”
As people impacted by the tornadoes navigate the holiday season under difficult circumstances, Ingram asks them to know that organizations like LCP are not going to quit.
“There’s still more to do, still more to give,” Burton said. “We’re nowhere near done. Every moment like this carries us into the next.”