After almost two weeks of God's Pit Crew helping the people in Oklahoma sort through miles of wreckage the tornado left behind, suddenly the volunteers found themselves in the middle of danger
"We had all our people get flashlights, develop a plan of where to go,and then all of sudden we lost power," God's Pit Crew Founder Randy Johnson says. "It was very scary. It seemed to have come right up and go over head of us. I was concerned for our people."
The founder of God's Pit Crew, Randy Johnson, says in the 68 major disasters the group has responded to, he's never been in the path of a storm like this.
"The next morning, it was daylight, and we came out," Johnson says. "We saw debris all around the church, phone polls snapped half in two, stop signs ripped out of the ground."
"it was not only emotional for us, but the residents were just weeping."
But the set back of more destruction and debris didn't stop this group from Southwest Virginia from pushing forward.
Moore city officials asked God's Pit Crew to help create a bright spot in this community among the devastation by cleaning up one of five parks the tornado destroyed.
"We were able to make a huge impact there and a huge difference and people were back in there. It was really great," Johnson says.
Although the volunteers are leaving Oklahoma Friday, they plan to continue making a difference. They hope to pick a long term project to work on. One idea is to pick a family with no insurance to help rebuild their home completely.This kind of project is expensive. They hope the community can continue to help by heading to their website to make donations. God's Pit Crew
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