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Lessons learned by young tornado volunteers

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March 29, 2003

CAMILLA - Lori Jones of Moultrie had plans Saturday morning.  Her son, LeJevin, had baseball practice. But, that wasn't the only thing on her mind.  "It hurts to know that we have neighbors that need help. Maybe it's a wake-up call to the rest of us that we need to be better neighbors," she said about the recent tornadoes in Camilla.

She wants her sons, LeJevin and Joe Peacock, to realize the importance of lending a hand to those less fortunate. Jones came to represent the Social Security Administration's Moultrie offcie as a volunteer.  She thought that this was be a perfect time to teach them a lesson in helping others. So, after the last ball was fielded, the three headed to Camilla.

"I think that they have it just too good and they need to see that other people are hurting. They need to learn to be able to want to help other people," she said.

Despite their age, both have already learned that important lesson. "We might have a tornado in Moultrie and we might need their help," LeJevin said about his reason for volunteering.

Retired Mitchell County teacher Rosa Ward remembers the 2000 tornado along with its devastation. "After a week, almost now, I almost couldn't make it because I was here in 2000 -- worked the day after, all day," she said.

A phone call from her grandson, Jordan, a third grader helped coerce her out of bed and into action. The home of one of Jordan's classmates was demolished.

"He now feel(s) that he is helping him, doing something to really help," she said although Jordan didn't know exactly where his classmate lived but still wanted to do something to show he cares.

Jordan realizes the shock of having a tornado rip someones home apart twice in three years. He offers this advice: "If they want to rebuild, let them rebuild. But, just let them rebuild in the Lord's prayer."

Both big and small, from near and far, volunteers were welcomed with open arms by storm victim's.

posted at 10:41 by mathew.palmer@walb.com