Auto workers helping remove storm debris

FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) - A group of Toyota auto workers who are used to assembling motors for vehicles, now have the much tougher task of helping storm victims re-assemble their lives.

"It's going to take some time to get this all back in place, but as good neighbors we can all work together to make this work," said Daryl Brackeen, Toyota team leader.

Brackeen is one of many Toyota auto workers who came to DeKalb County to help with debris cleanup. When they arrived, they got a family request they didn't expect.

"It's terrible. Not only did this family lose their home, but I understand that there was life lost here as well," said Brackeen.

"There are some pictures out here that the family members have asked us to keep," said group leader Alex Do.

Digging through the rubble, workers took the time to sort out and save those precious memories.

Toyota workers are pledging 10,000 man-hours to the effort, but say they're getting more in return.

"It makes you feel warm inside to be able to share because so many people lost so much," Brackeen said.

If you need additional supplies contact Upper Sand Mountain Parrish in Sylvania at 256-638-2126.

If you need debris removal contact Rainsville First Baptist Church at 256-638-3141.

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