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Volunteer construction group building 5 new homes for tornado victims

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RINGGOLD, CATOOSA COUNTY, GA  (WRCB)  --  In the midst of destruction an out of town construction ministry brings signs of hope to north Georgia. 

Skilled workers from all over the Southeast are in the Tennessee Valley this week through a ministry in Dalton, Georgia called 'Rebuilding Hope'.  Their goal is to build new homes for at least 5 tornado victims.

The men laboring under the hot sun on Cherokee Valley Road are building a new home for a young couple they've never met.

"It's a gift, we give our time pay, our own expenses to come," says Dr. Don McIntyre.     

McIntyre is a retired pastor from South Carolina with years of experience in the construction industry.  He's here with a group called 'Men on Mission'. 

"We ended up here by calling the leadership in this community and asking if we could help," he says.    

Through help from another north Georgia ministry they landed in the Tennessee Valley this week, building a new home for a husband and wife who lost everything.

"They got down somewhere in the middle of the house and the husband was hovering over his wife," McIntyre says, describing the victims' survival story.  "When they came to, they were in the middle of the road outside their house."  

It's a horror story like the many we've heard on Cherokee Valley Road.  Although, the group of 80 men know they can't make the community whole again, McIntyre says they are here to try.

"We want to put this house in the dry by at least midday Wednesday," the retired pastor says.  "Then we'll start another one."      

They'll stay for a week and in that time, raise the walls to 5 new homes.  "It's called a dry-in," McIntyre says.  "We'll put in the foundations, do the masonry work and all the framing."

Then they'll go back home to their jobs and lives.  McIntyre says the reason they're here now is simple. 

"We're all Christian men," he says.  "We want to share the love we have from Christ with everybody out here."

‘Rebuilding Hope' is coordinating efforts to bring other work groups to the Tennessee Valley this summer.  If you're a tornado victim in need of help and would like to contact the ministry, e-mail them at rebuildinghope@live.com.

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