St. Louis-based volunteers return from relief effort on east coast

12:23 AM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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Kirkwood (KSDK) -- Over the last five days, a few folks from our area went to see Superstorm Sandy's wrath firsthand.  Sunday evening they returned home.

The group first assembled after disaster struck in Alabama a few years ago.  They grew following the deadly tornado in Joplin, taking 11 trips there so far.  And so, when Sandy hit, they knew what they had to do.

The group of six connected through several area churches and settled on last Wednesday to hop in the car to head east.

"They were overwhelmed, grateful, and like every single person," recounted Dawn Murphy. 

"We really are about the people more so than the work," Chris Ferrrara explained as something he learned from Joplin.  "While the tornado destroyed everything beyond recognition, here it was still destroyed, it was just destroyed through flood. Very different mechanism, but the same result."

 He said that their agenda revolved around the plans put out by an international disaster relief group called Samaritan's Purse, whose work out east will not be done anytime soon.








"There's people out there that are hurting," Murphy added.


"Hopefully we can mobilize more people to go," Ferrara went on to say.  "Every little bit helps."

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