Pensacola, FLA. – Gulf Coast residents have started cleaning up after hurricanes and swamps damaged parts of Alabama and Florida.
Tond Caroline, a pastor in Pensacola, Fla., Thanked God, despite having a large tree across her roof. The powerful wind and rain from Hurricane Sally had split the tree in three and crashed it through Caroline’s house, which had disappeared, where her three young sons were sleeping.
“It can happen all the way. It might have landed on my boys, ”Caroline said. “I’m just grateful, so thankful that God saved my boys.”
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Inside their house, a part of their roof was exposed and fell to the floor. Fortunately, Caroline and his wife said that the worst was the loss. However, both were faced with the prospect of spending thousands of dollars to repair the home. Even on their plates, they were equally concerned about how they could help others in their community who were in the same predicate.
“We are not trying to concentrate here; We are trying to help the needy people because we are not the only ones who have suffered some loss. This is what we help each other in times of need, ”said Caroline.
In those moments following Caroline, a crew of about six workers at a Talhasi-based company named Emerald Coast Stripping pulled up to the clergy’s doorstep with a bucket truck, a steer loader and a chainsaw. The crew said they had three crewmen who were going door-to-door to help clean the power line and tree debris. Earlier in the day, Florida’s Attorney General, Ashley Moody, warned residents to be aware of the scam artists “who want to hunt Floridians,” so naturally Caroline and his wife were suspicious When the crew offered to remove the massive tree at their house.
Dustin Nimes, one of the crew members, repeatedly assured the couple that there was no gimmick for their offer, and that they were willing to do $ 10,000 without paying.
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“Everyone has been through the same thing. Nobody expected this to happen. It just catches everyone off guard, so why charge someone when you meet for free, ”said Nimes. “You can help them a little bit. Everyone is out of work for a while now, anyway, so you can help them a little bit. ”
Nims said the company’s owners were helped when they needed it when Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf Coast in 2004, 16 years ago. When he saw the devastation overtake Storm Sally, Nims said that he and his boss knew this was their chance to pay it forward.
“The community is here for us. We drove through Ivan, most of us moved from Ivan to Panama City, so this is just something we’re trying to give back, “he explained. “The owners decided to help for a while. They got some help in Panama City if needed, so we’re just trying to give back.”
Caroline and his wife decided to accept the crew’s offer and within minutes people were hoisted dozens of feet in the air, cleaned the power lines and saw large sections of trees from Caroline’s house.
As the pastor and his wife watched with their youngest son, the family smiled smilingly.
“I blessed,” Caroline said.