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Tennesseans Spend Thanksgiving Aiding Hurricane Survivors

Nashvillians David and Beckie Durham are spending their Thanksgiving providing aid to Hurricane Sandy Survivors along the New Jersey shore.
Credit hopeforce.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Eight Middle Tennesseans are spending their Thanksgiving on the New Jersey coast providing aid to Super-Storm Sandy survivors.

David Durham has been in Atlantic City all week helping homeowners dispose of damaged furniture and tear out water-soaked drywall.

“You can still see the water line on the houses and the buildings. It came up to, in some places, well over three feet – sometimes four feet. So you can pretty much assume that there’s interior damage in all of the houses that you drive by.”

David and his wife, Beckie, talked with their three sons before agreeing to volunteer over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We checked with them first when this deployment opportunity and they said, ‘Yeah! Go for it.’ So, we feel like it’s a great way to spend our Thanksgiving.”

The Durham’s are part of a team of 20 volunteering with the Brentwood based disaster relief agency Hope Force. The ministry trains volunteers to work in disaster areas.

David Durham says Hope Force will likely continue Sandy relief work for months to come. You can learn more about the ministry by visiting hopeforce.org.