The Summerton, South Carolina community was damaged by flooding in 2015 and then again in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew. Strong winds and rain from the hurricane just added to the devastation caused by the previous year’s floods. The Summerton Presbyterian Church worked with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program to bring volunteers to their are to help with the recovery and rebuilding efforts.
The Helping Hands Volunteers of Lehigh Presbytery were part of this effort and made their second trip to Summerton on April 14-21, 2018.
On this trip volunteers were tasked with working on two houses. A small group of volunteers made short work of their assignments on the first house and finished up on Monday. Later in the week a small group went back to clean up the house so the homeowners could move back in. A job well done!
The majority of the volunteers worked on the second house which had a more extensive list of tasks to complete. A few headed to the roof where they removed shingles on one half of the roof, replaced the plywood sheathing, installed new tar paper and shingles, and attached the aluminum flashing.
Another group of volunteers were inside the house where they removed a rotting sub-floor and one rotted floor joist in one room. They then installed a new floor joist and laid down a new sub-floor. What came next was to install underlayment and laminate flooring in a few rooms.
Others were busy removing and installing insulation and sheetrock in a room. They applied a coat of joint compound to the ceiling and wall and installed some freshly painted moldings. A new back stoop was constructed and installed with steps and railings.
After a long week of labors, the volunteers were able to have some down time to enjoy a pontoon boat ride around a swamp in the area. The swamp they toured was formed by damming the Santee River. The swamp is part of Lake Marion (which is named after the Swamp Fox of the Revolutionary War–Francis Marion). It was a beautiful sight to behold. There were large Cypress trees, alligators, cormorants, ospreys and many other interesting and often beautiful things.
The volunteers are grateful for the prayers and support from Lehigh Presbytery. They were able to accomplish a lot of work in a short amount of time. This was all made possible by your generous donations and the tireless time and dedication of our Helping Hands Care Team and Volunteers.
Wouldn’t you like to be part of this mission/ministry?
We invite you to become a member of the Helping Hands Care Team to help plan and coordinate these mission trips; or join us as a volunteer by sharing your time and talents; or you can help by sending a donation to further this mission to help those in need!
If you feel you don’t have the skills to volunteer, you may be wrong…..we have members on the team that can teach you the skills you need. It is not as hard as you think!
You generous donations go a long way to give out “helping hands” the ability to reach out to others in need. They have met so many people and have given them renewed hope. Thank you!