God's Pit Crew sending help to Texas tornado victims

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DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - As people around the country see footage of the aftermath from the deadly tornado that swept through northern Texas, one group out of Danville, Virginia is already mobilizing a relief effort.

God's Pit Crews says it already has supply trucks and volunteers on the road, trying to bring a little love and hope to those who lost everything to the storm.

Pit Crew President Randy Johnson says 2 tractor trailers, each loaded with 40 thousand pounds of water and supplies, are already on their way to Garland, Texas to help victims in need, while volunteers at the warehouse are busy filling up a third tractor trailer to join them.

Johnson says he never expected to have a crew working this time of year.

"It's just crazy to think we're having tornadoes in December, and very sad to think we've got people who were affected right at Christmas time," said Johnson.

In 16 years, the Pit Crew has never had to respond to a disaster in December, a time when they're usually getting ready for their January fundraiser.

"We're really pulling our hair out trying to figure out how we'll do both, but we're going to do all we can to help those who are affected," said Johnson.

The crew is including 5 gallon "Blessing Buckets" in the aid they're sending to victims.

Those contain supplies such as towels and toiletries, everything most people take for granted, and disaster-stricken communities so desperately need.

Johnson says with this relief effort, 2015 now marks one of the non-profit's most demanding years ever.

"We had flooding in Texas earlier this year that we responded to, which was just horrific flooding. Flooding in Southwest Virginia that we responded to. Paintsville Kentucky we've been there, and then South Carolina was a big one," said Johnson.

Now, as crews haul their much needed cargo halfway across the country, Johnson says his group will come to the rescue yet again, doing whatever they can to help their brothers and sisters in need.

"When you roll in with those trucks with, full of supplies and volunteers who are willing to just walk alongside somebody that's been affected and help lift them back up, it helps them to see that there will be, there can be a positive outcome in the future from all this," said Johnson.

Johnson says the four drivers on their way to Garland, Texas will arrive Wednesday and assess the damage there to let him know if it warrants sending an entire volunteer team of 30 people to help victims there.