Charity Aid Group Helping Ala. Survivors Rebuild

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More than a week after deadly tornadoes rampaged through the South, the death toll has risen to more than 350.

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., at least 200 people are still missing. Some 50 miles away in Pratt City, a team from the Christian Broadcasting Network's Operation Blessing International are helping homeowners dig out from mounds of debris.

"We have our heavy equipment -- our 20-ton crane, our loader, our skid steer, things that most organizations don't have," explained Jody Herrington-Gettys, spokesperson for the charity aid organization.

"The equipment we are able to use to help these homeowners literally saves them thousands and thousands of dollars," she said.

"So Operation Blessing, as normal, is focusing on the uninsured, the single moms, the widows, the people that don't have anybody else to help them," she added.

Winds of nearing 200 miles-per-hour whipped through Walter Williams, Jr.'s neighborhood. Volunteers with Operation Blessing are patching up the gaping hole in his roof.

"It's just devastating. You never think this can happen at your house. You see it on the news all the time, but you never think this will hit home where you stay," Williams said.

"It was heartbreaking to see the neighborhood that had been here for so long in this condition. They've already removed the tree from my roof," said Charles Willis, a neighborhood resident.

"It's been a big help to me also in that aspect of it, because I really didn't know anyone to get the tree removed from my house and I have to do that. And they're going to put a tarp on it also before the rain comes. So that helped me out. That helped tremendously," he said.

Operation Blessing's mobile kitchen unit has already served more than 10,000 hot meals. The charity aid organization will continue to feed tornado survivors and help rebuild leveled communities.

"I think about our CBN partners. We would say that right now cash donations are best because we need resources in the area, and for us its better if we get cash donations to be able to buy and purchase those resources," Herrington-Gettys explained.

"And most importantly, if we could have your prayers. We need help for wisdom, favor and just for God to use us to really help people rebuild their lives," she added.

With his home destroyed and neighborhood in shambles, Williams is looking to the future.

"Even though it's destroyed and everything is torn down, we're going to rebuild. We'll be okay," Williams said.

Find out how you can help Operation Blessing International's disaster relief efforts. 

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