Local Churches Come Together to Help Families Affected By Mill Shutdown

"We're coping with it day to day, and I guess really after February the 9th, it will really sink in more than it has now. Right now it is still disbelief. February the 8th is the last day, and all the men and women will be gone at that time,"  said Bobby Reynolds, an Abitibi Electrician.

Reynolds was a longtime electrician with Abitibi, and it's been the only job he's ever known.

"Basically that's the only job I have ever had. I've never had to interview at another place of business so it's kind of a scary thought to know that now I have to go out and do an interview to find another job. Maybe even a different line of work, I may not be an electrician now. It might be a possibility that we even have to move away from the home that we have been in, that we bought in 1969. We may have to rent our home out and even move out of state," said Reynolds.

Reynolds was the M.C. for Sunday's meeting, and as he is coping with his own loss, he is trying to help others with theirs.

"We're here tonight to give comforting and let us know that our churches are giving us support at this time, prayer support. And it helps us mentally overcome this. A lot of times we let grief set in and unless we have help, sometimes grief can overbear us," said Reynolds.

But with many coming together to heal with prayer, perhaps they will someday be answered.

"It could disrupt our family life and change the way we are going to have to come out of our comfort zone now. We made a good living and this is a good town, a good place to live. We don't want to leave, but we may have to. We will just leave it in the lord's hands," said  Reynolds.

Another meeting is scheduled for Monday at 1 P.M. at Carpenter's Way Church in Lufkin.