Five Retired Friends Serve Hurting Homeowners After Texas Tornado

March 29, 2022 • United States

Samaritan's Purse disaster relief teams are in Round Rock, Texas, to help clean up after a tornado tore through the area.

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After a devastating tornado ripped through Round Rock, Texas, on March 21 and damaged numerous homes, Gary Cluck, 81, knew he and his buddies had to help.

A group of retired friends joined They first served with Samaritan's Purse four years ago after Hurricane Harvey.

A group of retired friends joined our efforts in Round Rock. They first served with Samaritan’s Purse four years ago after Hurricane Harvey.

“We just love to volunteer and help people, and be good witnesses for Jesus Christ,” Gary said. “Jesus said that the number one commandment was to love God and then to treat your neighbor as you would want them to treat you.”

Gary is a retired Army colonel who served 36 years in the military. On an early spring morning, Gary and four friends (Jerry Cutts, Gene Flowers, Jim Mizel, Bill Saul) from The Worship Place, a church in nearby Georgetown, Texas, carried loose bricks, downed trees, and other debris from homeowner David Knight’s yard to the curb.

The five friends—all retired veterans and all over 70—have known each other for 10 years and first served with Samaritan’s Purse four years ago when Hurricane Harvey blasted through the Lone Star state. Since then, they have volunteered with us several other times, including after storms in Florida, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Their shared military experience unites them, but Gary says they are united through something even stronger.

Gary Cluck starts the chain, passing piled up breaks down the line toward the dumpster.

Retired Army Colonel Gary Cluck starts the chain, passing piled-up bricks down the line toward the dumpster.

“We are a team,” he says. “We love each other through one bond and that’s Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Jerry agrees. “When we talk to the homeowners, and they see us working as hard as we do, it makes them feel that somebody does care about them. They feel the Spirit of the Lord working in us, and they understand that He loves them.”

At the end of the work day, Gary and his friends were tired, but they were eager to continue serving in Jesus’ Name.

“God is blessing us with the ability to come and help those in need,” Jim said. “We pray it will bring them closer to God.”

Please pray for those affected by the storms and for our teams as they bring relief and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

An army of volunteers, led by five retired friends, helped remove debris from David Knight's property after last week's tornadoes.

An army of volunteers, led by five retired friends, helped remove debris from David Knight’s property after last week’s tornadoes.

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U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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