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Deploying to Alabama

BIG SANDY, TX (KLTV)- It's been almost two weeks since the devastating tornadoes struck in Alabama leaving many homeless. A group of young men from the International Alert Academy are stepping up to lend a helping hand by heading to Birmingham, Alabama.

"They are really excited this is what they trained for they want to sure they are a bunch of bulls that want to get out there and do their thing," said Marvin Behr, International Alert Academy.

"I really enjoy serving it's a good opportunity to just go out and help people," said Derek Nootsan, going to Alabama to help.

So when they got the call to lend a helping hand in Alabama, they were more than overjoyed

"These guys have a heart to serve they are excited they're motivated and they love the lord  and that's exciting because they have a great opportunity not only to minister the physical needs but also the spiritual needs of the people," said

"I'm a firm believer in God's word and stuff and that's what he's called us to do is to go out and serve and so I really believe it's a calling in my life and that that's  why god has me here," said Jonathan Spear, going to Alabama to help.

The International Alert Academy is a Christian training and service organization based in East Texas that's helped prepare these guys offer their aid in disaster relief.

"They've done emergency response training they know how to use chain saws, search and rescue type of situations, high- angle training, lifting heavy objects and  rescue systems so they've had a lot of background on this it's just a matter of applying it right now," said Behr.

So for the next week, all 35 of them will spend their days in Birmingham, helping and serving.

The group will spend an entire week in Birmingham helping and a local church will be supporting them during their stay.

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