Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mormon Helping Hands

1 week after the tornado in Snow Hill, our LDS stake was able to provide some help in the clean-up. The Church delivered a semi full of food (enough to feed 300 people 1 meal a day for 2 weeks) and disaster clean-up supplies (like chainsaws and generators) for the community. 200 members came out to clean up debris. Seeing such destruction is sad and humbling. Finding item such as children's toys and wedding photos brings the emotionality of the situation to the surface.

This home has been moved completely off it's foundation.

What's left of a row of businesses. There is a truck stuck INSIDE the building.

The power of the wind was evident all around us. This floodlight post was bent in half.

It was images like this that were the hardest thing for me to see.

We cleaned an area where one of the oldest homes in the county stood. Green county had secured hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore it. The home was completely destroyed.
Homes from across the street were also blown off their foundations and across to the other side.

Paul working the wheelbarrow.
It was a privilege to serve the community and take a small part in the clean-up process. Easing burdens on Easter weekend is a perfect way to remember the Savior and his love for us.

North Carolina becomes Tornado Alley

On April 16th, 2011 tornados raked across North Carolina. Here in Greenville area we were under a tornado warning for several hours. A strong tornado passed close by in Snow Hill and Farmville. Many people lost their homes and businesses. Here is a video from Snow Hill.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Officially Spoiled

Amelia doesn't have to do much to get the royal treatment around here, and Grandpa Thayn just made it easier with her very own bike trailer! It didn't take long for this sweet pea to discover that being towed around in a private carriage is definitely the way to travel. Do you think they make helmets that small??

"To the ice cream shop, Jeeves!"

Waving to her loyal subjects.