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Mormon Helping Hands aid neighbors in tornado-ravaged southern U.S.

Latter-day Saints have pitched in to help their neighbors in the wake of the deadliest tornadoes to hit the southern United States in nearly 40 years. According to the Associated Press, the storms have killed more than 340, injured hundreds more and destroyed or damaged several thousand homes.

In Smithville, Mississippi, and in Hackleburg and Phil Campbell, Alabama, members of the Church wearing the familiar yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” T-shirts and vests went door-to-door this week to assess the needs of neighbors in their community.

“We have people coming from all over the South to help out,” said local Church leader Gary Pettus. Helping Hands volunteers provided “Assessment and Work Order” forms to homeowners that pinpointed exactly what needed to be repaired, cleaned up or hauled away.

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