MACON COUNTY, Tenn. - Last week, parts of Tennessee were demolished by the deadliest tornadoes to hit America in more than 20 years.
Less than 24 hours after the storms, CBN's Operation Blessing was there to help survivors with food, clothing, and shelter.
"The home that we lived in was almost 80 feet long and it just exploded," survivor Donna Johnson said. "If we would have been in it there wouldn't have been any way we would've made it. Operation Blessing has helped us so much. They've helped us clean up the place, they've given us food, clothes for my children.
Since OB began relief efforts in Sumner County, eight Tennessee counties have been declared federal disaster areas.
"We have pretty widespread devastation and we have a number of people that were killed in the storm unfortunately and a number of injured," Ken Skalitzky, a FEMA volunteer liason, said. "In Macon County, we have over 190 homes that were completely destroyed so it was a pretty devastating tornado."
"In Macon County we found several folks back there and they were actually cutting themselves out," volunteer Tammy Reed said. "They still had some food and a little water, but there were several small children in this home, so we have actually gathered up clothing and food so we've made sure that they do have hot meals."
"We've actually served over five thousand meals," said Jon Weidner, an administrator at Cragfont Baptist Church. "Weve served over 3,000 galloons of water. Weve given away 200 food boxes, and allowed people to take showers that didn't have the facilities. And over 100 heaters have gone out and that was as of Sunday, so its been fantastic."
"To see that we can share Christ's love with people and there have been a lot of people who don't know the love of Christ and they have experienced it first hand here," he added. "God brought them to us, brought Operation Blessing to us and so fast, faster than any other organization to see if we needed any help."