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Volunteers Needed: Recovering The Pine Belt

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Several local organizations are teaming up next week for an initiative called Recovering the Pine Belt. They are asking for volunteers to help out.

Eight months after the tornado, hundreds of Pine Belt families are still trying to recover.

"Generally speaking these are families who are elderly, who are on a fixed income, or perhaps disabled," Sheila Varnado said, executive director of Recover, Rebuild, Recover Southeast Mississippi. They've been trying to help families get back on their feet since the tornado.

"We received a list from FEMA that contained 1,617 names," she said.

Varnado said so far, they've made contact with about 200 cases. 

"Now have about 100 approved cases that have been through the entire process," she said. "These are families without the communities help, really cannot come back on their own."

That's why they are kicking off Recovering the Pine Belt,  a week long campaign from Oct. 20 through the 26.

"Recovering the Pine Belt is a collaboration of many organizations coming together to help those that are in need," Theresa Erickson said, executive director of The Greater of Pinebelt Community Foundation.

They are helping R3SM get the funding to help families in need.

"I don't think people realize how many people are still suffering," Erickson said.

They are asking volunteers to sign-up through Volunteer Hattiesburg to help rebuild the community. For additional information on how to get involved visit their online website.

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