Volunteers gather to repair homes in Waverly

Volunteers gather at the Fresh Pride in Waverly. (Source: NBC12)
Volunteers gather at the Fresh Pride in Waverly. (Source: NBC12)

WAVERLY, VA (WWBT) - Swarms of volunteers are rolling up their sleeves in Waverly, helping tornado victims rebuild and clear wreckage from their damaged homes.

There are more than 60 homes which are badly impacted but not destroyed. Victims are getting a slew of helping hands, so they can feel some sense of normalcy.

Volunteers cleared debris from lawns and nailed tarp to rooftops on Friday morning. Donald Vann, with VannCo Construction, drove straight home from a visit to Florida, when he saw the tornado's trail of devastation.

"Packed up all my gear and left at 3:30 a.m. yesterday morning and drove straight here, because I just assumed I'd be here, helping people out," said Donald Vann, owner of VannCo Construction.

Charles Camp says his disability may limit the way he helps physically, but he got a message to do anything he could for his neighbors, who are now left with homes in shambles.

"The Lord told me," smiled Camp.

Chaplin Joseph Poe is coordinating the effort, helping organize donations at the old Fresh Pride grocery store. He says he's gotten offers of help from as far as Ohio and Texas.

"I took over 350 calls on my phone yesterday from folks from multiple states... We didn't call anybody. Everybody called us, looking to help, and that speaks volumes. It shows a sense of community," added Poe.

The effort will be continuing to at least until the end of the week. Volunteers are collecting donations and meeting at the old Fresh Pride grocery store on 233 S. County Drive in Waverly.

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