Tornado Cleanup and Trinity Congregational Church in Athens

Damage in Limestone County
Damage in Limestone County

Once again tornadoes tore through Limestone County and once again brothers and sisters came together to assist and bring comfort.  On April 28, 2014, EF3 tornadoes touched down in the Clements, Poplar Creek and Coxey areas near Athens, leaving a broad path of destruction.  There were two deaths, several injuries and an estimated $2.75 million dollars in damages.  Just three years ago EF5 tornadoes devastated a large portion of the county on April 26, 2011.

Church World Service provided twenty “Clean Up” kits to be distributed by Trinity Congregational Church, UCC of Athens where Gary Myers is Pastor.  Twenty five toiletry packs were also provided by the Christian Education Department of First Congregational Church UCC of Birmingham, Alabama.

The “Clean Up” kits (mop buckets with various cleaning items) and the toiletry kits with necessary hygiene items were distributed to area residents  affected by the tornado.

Beverly Kirby and Rev. Gary Myers with Toiletry and Clean up kits prior to distribution.
Beverly Kirby and Rev. Gary Myers with Toiletry and Clean up kits prior to distribution.
Beverly Kirby, a member of Trinity had five siblings effected by the disaster.  The homes of two sisters and two brothers were completely demolished and the home of one brother was made unlivable, but can be repaired.

Many thanks to Ms. Sandra Kennedy-Owes of Church World Services, Ms. Veronica Edwards-Johnson of the Jefferson County EMA and all of the caring hands and hearts at First Congregational Church UCC Birmingham for helping us at Trinity to help others.

Officers and Members of Trinity Congregational Church, U.C.C. – standing, from left – Dana Harris, Moderator, Charles Harris, Chairperson of Diaconate, Cynthia Griffith, Lee Harris, Celestine Bridgeforth, Treasurer, Beverly Kirby, Mack David, Chairperson of Trustees, Constance Bridgeforth;  seated, from left – Ruth Harris, Annie Batts, Gloria Sloss.
Officers and Members of Trinity Congregational Church, U.C.C. – standing, from left – Dana Harris, Moderator, Charles Harris, Chairperson of Diaconate, Cynthia Griffith, Lee Harris, Celestine Bridgeforth, Treasurer, Beverly Kirby, Mack David, Chairperson of Trustees, Constance Bridgeforth; seated, from left – Ruth Harris, Annie Batts, Gloria Sloss.