DANVILLE, VA. (March 27, 2023) – God’s Pit Crew volunteers and staff are returning to eastern Kentucky to rebuild a home for a family who lost everything in last summer’s catastrophic floods. At the same time, our Immediate Response Team is deploying to Mississippi to help victims of a massive tornado that caused catastrophic damage and loss of life.
The Smith family of Letcher, Kentucky, lost their home and belongings when massive floods swept through their area. God’s Pit Crew will rebuild, furnish, and decorate a new home for them in just two weeks, for free. Our volunteers traveled yesterday, Sunday, March 26th, to the rebuilding site in Letcher and are beginning work today. We will reveal the Smith family’s new home and give them their keys on Friday, April 7th.
God’s Pit Crew spent several weeks in eastern Kentucky last August after devastating floods destroyed communities. We cleared debris, mucked out homes, removed trees, and delivered emergency supplies, including our Blessing Buckets filled with non-perishable food, hygiene items, first-aid, a Bible, and an encouraging note.
Meantime, our Immediate Response Team is preparing to leave our headquarters Tuesday morning, March 28th, to help victims of the catastrophic tornado that hit Mississippi last Friday night. We will travel to Winona, one of the hardest-hit areas with the fewest resources, to help victims and distribute supplies. Our highly-trained volunteers will muck out homes, cut trees, and remove debris and tarp roofs. We are also loading numerous tractor-trailers with emergency supplies, including tarps, water, Gatorade, and Blessing Buckets, and sending them to several locations in Mississippi.
God’s Pit Crew President Randy Johnson says, “Our hearts break for all those who are hurting in the midst of these terrible disasters. The destruction in Mississippi is catastrophic. We are grateful to be able to deploy volunteers and provide tractor-trailer loads of supplies to help. Meantime, we are excited to return to eastern Kentucky to build a new home for the Smith family and help them start over. We’re truly grateful to our wonderful volunteers and donors for making what we do possible.”
God’s Pit Crew continues serving people impacted by disasters around the country. Our Immediate Response team is finishing our work in Pond, California, to help flood victims, mucking out and drying homes and training volunteers there on how to respond to flooding disasters. Earlier this year, we sent supplies and volunteers to Griffin, Georgia, to help tornado victims and delivered a truckload of Blessing Buckets to Selma, Alabama, following a deadly tornado there. Late last year, we deployed twice to Florida, helping victims of Hurricane Ian and rebuilding a home for a single mom after the storm destroyed it.