ORLANDO, Florida — Within 24 hours after three tornados touched down in central Florida, 400 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered at an Orlando church building to receive instructions on where they would spend the day cleaning and removing debris.

In another part of the city, 100 Mormons gathered to help clean up the Deland area.

In addition to manpower, the Church has provided tarps, generators, chain saws, gloves, hammers, nails and cleaning kits.

Wearing t-shirts that identify them as “Mormon Helping Hands,” Church members clean up damaged areas. Photo © 2007, Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Brady Nixon, a member of the Church from the Oviedo area who helped in the cleanup efforts, said: “The destruction is so comprehensive. The people were very grateful that at least they were alive and that we were there and helping.”

Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, had already ensured that all the needed items, including food and water, were available in Church storehouses in Florida.