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Homeowners assisted by Samaritan's Purse receive a Bible signed by each volunteer. Homeowners assisted by Samaritan's Purse receive a Bible signed by each volunteer.
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COXEY, AL (WAFF) -

Volunteers continue to pour in to Limestone County to help storm victims rebuild.

The non-profit group ‘Samaritan's Purse' visited the Coxey community Monday. The group consists of volunteers from around the country that help homeowners devastated by natural disasters.

Some of these volunteers are actually sleeping on the floor at Clements Baptist Church for the opportunity to help community members. It may look like tough work, but group members say they love it.

Josh Simmons graduated from college in Tennessee just two days ago. He said helping a homeowner in need was more important than celebrating.

"If you ask anybody that does this, they will tell you that they enjoy it," Simmons said. "The rewarding feeling is knowing that we get them to a place where they can rebuild. This is what Jesus is really about."

One volunteer took a week off from work and drove down from Nashville to help.

"It's something I would not trade the world for. I would rather be here than on vacation in the Caribbean or anywhere else," said Jeff Cole.

A homeowner we met Monday was having her property worked on by Samaritan's Purse, whose workers are also called the ‘Orange Army' because of their vibrantly colored shirts. She said she feels blessed that the Orange Army came out to support her.

"They offer not just helping hands, but encouragement or hope for a brighter future," she said.

It's reactions like that which make the work worthwhile, said program manager Wayne Shoemaker.

"To see that homeowner and what a difference it made in their life, when they can see things cleaned up and looking better, there's just no way you can put that into words. It's awesome," said Shoemaker.

At the end of a hard day's work, Samaritan's Purse members give the homeowner a Bible with all their signatures inside.

"I feel so blessed for your time and your energy," the homeowner told the group. "You could have all been somewhere else today, could have stayed home, went shopping to the mall or something else. I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Learn more about the Orange Army at the Samaritan's Purse website.

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