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Georgians join hunt for wedding bands, engagement rings in ashes of Colorado homes

By ROGER ALFORD, The Christian Index

LOUISVILLE, Colo. – A workforce of Georgia Baptist Catastrophe Aid volunteers has been deployed to Colorado to assist residents there sift via ashes searching for wedding ceremony bands, engagement rings and different valuables which may have survived wildfires that swept via Boulder County on Dec. 30, destroying almost 1,100 properties.

The ten-member workforce left Georgia on Valentine’s Day on the particular mission to reunite wildlife survivors with a few of their most priceless possessions.

“Our of us are all the time prepared to assist individuals in want,” stated Ricky Thrasher, interim director of Georgia Baptist Catastrophe Aid. “After we issued the decision out this time, we had extra individuals volunteer for the mission than we may ship.”

The Georgians have joined crews from 10 different states who’re actually sifting via ashes the place the properties as soon as stood.

The Georgia Baptist Mission Board has greater than 7,000 educated Catastrophe Aid volunteers—individuals who Thrasher describes as unsung heroes who go away their households for prolonged intervals to assist individuals in disaster.

Over the previous yr, they’ve deployed to assist victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, working lengthy hours for no pay beneath tough situations to do a wide range of duties. Within the jap US, that usually means the yellow-clad volunteers noticed up fallen bushes, carry away soggy furnishings and shovel mud out of properties.

Colorado Baptist Catastrophe Aid Director Dennis Belz stated the groups have accomplished 362 jobs up to now, reuniting survivors with a few of their most priceless possessions. Beltz stated the volunteers have witnessed plenty of tears of happiness.

“We’ve discovered approach over 100 diamond rings, wedding ceremony bands, and sophistication rings,” he stated. “We’ve discovered plenty of beneficial gadgets, together with cash {that a} navy veteran introduced again from Afghanistan. We’ve discovered Purple Hearts. We even discovered undamaged photos beneath the ashes.”

Belz stated winter climate has difficult the method. Since work started, he stated the realm has been hit with bitterly chilly temperatures, two main snowstorms and one other that’s predicted for mid-week.

“These individuals are so devoted,” Belz stated. “We have had 13-below-zero temperatures, the snowstorms. They are not stopping for something.”

To date, Belz stated, 12 of the individuals the volunteers have helped have made professions of religion. He stated individuals can not help however discover the Christ-like attitudes of the volunteers, even in such tough situations, they usually ask how they continue to be so constructive.

That, Belz stated, opens the door for gospel conversations.

“The entire neighborhood is speaking about all of the yellow shirts,” he stated. “They’re simply so impressed with what they’re seeing performed.”

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