SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Pews were packed for a church concert held to raise money for the Waverly woman who lost her loved ones in a tornado one week ago.
Roughly $2,600 was collected for Trenika Stringfield at the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Suffolk on Wednesday night.
“The love, it’s amazing, it’s just been amazing,” Stringfield told 10 On Your Side. “I can’t express how thankful and how grateful I am that these people came together for my family. And I’m thankful to God for that. This is a good turnout.”
Stringfield was joined by her father, Jerome Holloman, who is a minister at the church.
The two received hugs, kisses and words of encouragement during the concert.
“My spirit really needed that,” Stringfield said.
“It’s gonna take time [to heal],” Holloman said. “It’s a process, but God is able.”
Various groups of dancers, singers and musicians performed for free before the congregation. Pastor Glenn Lyttle, Sr. said that members of nearby churches also attended.
“This fundraiser tonight is a big help for the family,” said Shannon Holloman, Stringfield’s cousin.
“The lord has a way of allowing things to happen that will draw us closer together, sometimes it takes things to happen… that we might come together,” Lyttle said.
“My heart is just joyful,” Stringfield said.
The family has established an online fundraiser for those who want to help out.