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Aid rendered in wake of tornadoes

A truckload of Church supplies — including food, water, flashlights and cleaning items — on April 10 reached the region of the Southeast United States devastated by multiple deadly tornadoes.

President Brent J. Ostermiller of the Nashville Tennessee Stake said no Church members or missionaries were injured when tornadoes and severe storms hit Tennessee in early April.

At least 12 people were killed in Sumner and Warren Counties April 7, one week after 24 people died from tornadoes in the same region.

A meetinghouse in Lebanon, Tenn., and several member homes sustained minor damage during the storms, which injured more than 200, damaged or destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and knocked out power in some regions for at least one week, according to a Church welfare report.

President Ostermiller said Church members were immediately involved in clean-up efforts in the area. Members of the Gallatin Ward, for example, performed many hours of service in Gallatin, the hardest-hit area located 20 miles northeast of Nashville.

After the storms, Church supplies were delivered to the county emergency preparedness organization; community leaders requested the hygiene kits, canned goods and other supplies, he said.

"Everyone has been willing to help," he added, noting that Church members were "very fortunate."

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