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Howard Lake senior citizen to lend a hand with Katrina aftermath
Feb. 15, 2010

By Lynda Jensen

DASSEL, MN – Howard Lake senior citizen, Lucy Lahr, will once again be part of volunteers who are planning to head down to Waveland, MS for the continued cleanup efforts due to Hurricane Katrina.

“Everyone should have this experience,” she said.

The work is simple – painting, doing daycare, working in the kitchen or thrift shop, and other easy tasks. But nevertheless, there is plenty of work to do and the need is there, she said.

“What talent did God give you?” Lahr asks. Then use it for this purpose, she urged, if anyone is available for these trips.

Lahr went last year in March to a similar trip and discovered that hurricane ravaged area specifically in Waveland, MS is nowhere near to making a recovery to Katrina, which made landfall in August 2005.

Katrina was the most costliest hurricane in US history, and in the top five for deadliest.

To help fix the damage caused, two week-long trips are planned, which will leave the First Baptist Church in Cokato using an RV.

The first trip will depart 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 and return Saturday, Feb. 27. The second trip will depart 4 p.m. Friday, March 26 and return Saturday, April 3.

Volunteers don’t need to be proficient carpenters or heavy lifters, either, Ned Wilson of Dassel commented.

Teams go out, talk with and pray with stricken people, which makes a world of difference, Wilson said. “That’s a good ministry,” he added.

Other helpful areas are working in the kitchen or in office type scenarios, he said. “If anyone wants to help, we’ll find them a job,” he added.

A minimum of eight people are needed, with four to five being signed up for the first trip as of yet, and eight for the second, so far.

The need continues to be long-lasting, since rebuilding in Waveland has been slow going.

Those who wish to sign up for the trip should call Wilson (320) 275-5297 or Minnesota Disaster Relief director Al Nagel (320) 296-1521.

Those interested may also sign up online at www.mndisasterrelief.org.

The mission of Cokato-based Minnesota Disaster Relief is “to offer aid and assistance to those people affected by the devastation from recent natural disasters and to bring hope through restoring homes and by sharing true hope through Jesus Christ.”


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