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Pleasant Grove Assoc. volunteers integral in disaster relief workcomment (0)

April 5, 2012

By Julie Payne

They may not receive special awards or recognition, but the countless volunteers who worked tirelessly after the April 27, 2011, tornadoes are considered nothing less than “heroes” to those they assisted. 

For Dan Wiggins, director of missions for Pleasant Grove Baptist Association, several people stand out as consistent volunteers during his service last year as incident commander for relief efforts at the G.G. Hardin Center in Brookwood.

Those seven volunteers, Lucille Mize, Debbie Cohen, Dwight Kizziah, Roasco Kornegay, Wayne Hope, Loretta Hope and Wiggins’ wife, Margaret, were each integral in assisting Wiggins at the center after the devastating storms.

Wiggins said some of the association’s churches represented in the effort included Midway Baptist Church, Brookwood; Antioch Baptist Church, Brookwood; Reno Baptist Church, Woodstock; Mission Baptist Church, Woodstock; Evergreen Baptist Church, Vance and Little Hurricane Baptist Church, Brookwood.

Cohen, a member of Evergreen Baptist, was compelled to offer assistance however she could. She worked with a friend to collect donated clothing and other items for distribution at the G.G. Hardin Center. 

Cohen’s primary role, assistant incident commander, kept her at the center from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day for the first two weeks of operation. “I was in charge of organizing how the items inside [the center] were set up,” she explained. 

She recalled how the Lord showed His faithfulness time and time again. “I had someone who would come in and tell me about a need, and before that person would stop talking, my phone would ring with someone who had [that very thing] the person needed,” she said.

In addition to Cohen’s organizational skills, Wiggins benefitted from the invaluable knowledge of Mize, treasurer of Pleasant Grove Association, who knew much about the Brookwood community.  

When asked why she invested long hours as a volunteer, Cohen, who had just completed her first Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplaincy classes two weeks prior to April 27, replied with a simple answer. “For me personally, I feel like I got way more of a blessing than anything I did for anyone else,” she explained. “It was all done to the glory of God. Without Him, none of it could have happened.”

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