LONGVIEW, Wash. – When tornadoes devastated Oklahoma again, Sean Britt knew he had to go.
The Longview man is raising money so he can travel to his home state of Oklahoma and help tornado victims rebuild their homes. Britt owns a construction company in Longview and says he wants to use his skills to provide manpower, not just money.
“I’m basically doing it because this is what my heart is telling me I need to do,” Britt said.
At least 13 people were killed in Friday’s tornadoes.
“I was horrified, and I felt like there’s nothing I can do,” said Britt. “And then as soon as the tornadoes passed, there is something I can do.”
Britt plans to volunteer for two or three weeks. He said a few of his employees are going with him to help.
“We’re going to see a lot of devastation while we’re there,” said Britt. “But you know, you’re there, you’re making a difference and you’re doing something for the good.”
Britt plans to leave around June 10. He said homeowners he’s worked with, and other construction companies have donated to his cause. Some of the construction jobs that he thought he would lose by going have instead been put on hold.
So far, he says he’s raised about half of the $3,300 his group needs for airfare and a hotel.
“We’re going to be cleaning up debris, removing garbage, limbing trees that are down, clearing driveways, fixing roofs,” he said. “Being of service any way we’re needed, answering phones.”
If you’re interested in donating to Britt's cause, contributions can be made through:
Great Escapes Travel
1347 14th Ave.
Living Word Christian Center
1170 17th Ave.