Nowhere is the spirit of the valley and plains more evident than in the way locals are responding to volunteer for storm relief.
Ruth Ingram, a Phenix city resident, says when she saw the damage Sunday’s deadly tornado left behind, she knew she had to help.
“I would want someone to be there for me, you know what I’m saying,” says Ruth Ingram.
That’s one of Ruth Ingram’s reasons for volunteering.
Last Sunday, a deadly E-F 4 tornado destroyed the entire community of Beauregard and killed 23 people in its path.
“It dumbfounds me that it could be that strong and severe of a storm in such a short time. there were 4 tornadoes within minutes from each other,” says Ingram.
Ingram says after seeing the destruction the storm left behind, she purchased $300 worth of items to donate to Golden Acres Baptist Church for storm victims.
“This community has been there for us and Georgia has been there for us when I got sick. So, it’s my obligation to be there for them,” says Ingram.
Golden Acres Baptist Church members say their doors are open for donations and supplies for storm victims, and they won’t close anytime soon.
“It’s human nature to want to serve and help people who have been through something. So if there is anything we can do to help and assist, we’re going to do that. As believers, we love to show the love of Christ through serving,” says Matt Law
And as for Ruth, she’ll continue to help any way she can.
“I’m having back issues now, but I’ll be driving down there to do whatever I can do. But, I’m not in a position to do that so this my way of doing what I can do,” says Ingram.