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Jun 06, 2011 | Jade Mingus

St. Luke's Tornado Efforts Featured on Austin TV

[] An Austin-area church is providing long-term relief for victims of the tornadoes that hit Alabama and Mississippi in April.

Saint Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church is raising money and collecting supplies to help out families in some of the smaller towns that were hit. Allen Griswold is leading the drive to places like Smithville, Mississippi. He’s already made two trips through the tornado ravaged areas and is planning a third for later this week.
“This is a marathon, this is not a sprint,” he said. “One of the things they ask you with tears in their eyes, all men and women, ‘are you coming back? Please come, don’t forget us.’”
The church is also gathering money, food, tents and medical supplies for two small towns in Alabama; Hackleburg and Phil Campbell. Thirteen percent of Phil Campbell’s 1800 residents are still recovering in the hospital.
Last month, church member Tom Gress volunteered to help deliver supplies to thankful families in Phil Campbell.
“It takes you back because the devastation is so bad and the people are so thankful for what little they already have,” Gress said.