Evacuees spend afternoon cleaning yards

Published 12:38 am Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A group of 16 elders from the Church of Latter Day Saints in Enterprise decided to spend their day cleaning up homecoming toilet paper after evacuating to Andalusia in preparation for Hurricane Michael.

“We came to Andalusia because we were evacuated from Enterprise,” Elder Zac Dickinson said. “Then when we got here we all thought, ‘Holy cow, this is a lot of toilet paper.’ We knew that the storm was coming and that it would be a mess to clean up so we wanted to help out.”

By 5 p.m., the group had already cleaned 12 houses, and was split up in four groups.

“We split up and sent half of our group to spread the message of Jesus Christ,” Dickinson said. “The other group went out to clean houses and get our fair share of kindness in for the day.”

When asked how the residents of Andalusia reacted to their kindness, Dickinson said that most of the people were a little suspicious.

“A lot of people thought that we were the ones that actually rolled the house and that we were being punished to clean all of it up,” Dickinson said. “We made sure to knock on their door before cleaning up just so we had permission, but everyone so far has been pretty happy that we are cleaning up their yard.”

Most of the elders are originally from Utah and the Midwest.

“For most of us, this is our first time in Andalusia,” Dickinson said. “It is a lot bigger than I thought it would be, but the people here are absolutely amazing and very accepting. It is a cool little town. I can tell that here is a lot of history here. We are just glad that we get to help a little bit here and serve the city of Andalusia while we are here.”

Their time in Enterprise is usually spent knocking on doors and spreading their message of Jesus Christ.

“We usually go around and knock on doors trying to spread our message,” Dickinson said. “Other than that we try to get really involved in the community and improve the City of Enterprise.”