Good Neighbors in the Valley Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- A community in Staten Island, New York is still devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Members from a local church have been visiting the area to help them rebuild.

John Welborn, the pastor of Calvary Cross Link, said they were able to build shelves for supplies at a damaged church.

"The church is kind of the central location of distribution of the supplies,” said Welborn. “They also have people in the community who can let us know where the needs are, but we're not serving church members. We're serving people who have no connection to the church whatsoever, but they've had just their lives turned upside down."

Welborn said about 9,000 homes on Staten Island are still not livable. So far, members from his church have donated more than $8,000 to help those victims.

"We purchased those supplies with those dollars and delivered them. There are things you just can't buy on Staten Island right now because of the situation there, and so we purchase supplies here and deliver them. We've taken U-Haul trucks and trailers and various things like that to deliver things as well."

They are not the only good neighbors here in the Valley.

Mark Linski, owner of Save-A-Lot, said he plans to bring a truck load of supplies up to victims in New Jersey next week from his store in Mount Jackson.

"I was basically just laying in bed one night and was like, 'You know what? I want to do something instead of just talking about it, actually do it,' so I just said 'Hey,' kind of thought about it and put the plan to action," said Linski.

That action from the Valley is not over yet. Welborn said that more than 30 more church members will visit New York this week.

"That blesses me as their pastor and it blows me away that people would do that and I'm so excited that we are doing that, but we believe in that mission and we're invested in it and we'll continue to be," said Welborn.

If you would like to help out, there is still time. Linski said he still needs more donations before he drives to New Jersey to help next week. He will match any items you buy from Save-A-Lot in Mount Jackson to fill his truck to help those victims.

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