Tuesday, April 17, 2012
About 400 volunteers came out to help residents clean up properties in and near Oaklawn today.
"It's a big mess. Everything takes longer than you think it's going to take. If it's a 30 minute job, it's going to take two or three hours to get it done," said David Atkins, a volunteer with Midway Baptist Church.
Atkins and other church members helped to clean up the mess in the disaster zone.
"The folks we've run into still have a lot of numbness. They're not quite sure what to do and where to go. I understand that 'cause I went through a hurricane. You kind of come back and don't know where to start," said Atkins.
Before volunteers could start, property owners had to register through the United Way at the Oaklawn Community Center, 2937 Oaklawn Drive. People with damage like Barbara Shults were thankful for the volunteers.
"It means a lot to me [that] people are helping me, because we can't do it," said Shults.
Volunteers helped to clean up homes and people's yards in and near Oaklawn. Many of the volunteers helped to remove trash and debris, as well as much of the downed trees and tree limbs on the properties.
"It was nice to see so many people out here this morning doing that and I hope that the people who are suffering the emotional loss that all of this entails, feel that we are there for them," said Sherie Camp, volunteer.
United Way will be registering volunteers on Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, at the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton.
Individuals wanting more information about getting help or volunteering should call 2-1-1, the United Way 24-hour information line.