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10/1/04-Garden Valley

YWAM Workers Return From Florida

Last month Youth With A Mission workers headed to Florida to help the victim's of three hurricanes pick up the pieces.
Little did those workers know they'd end up in the middle of a fourth hurricane.
Jimmy Fulcher and Chris Holden were among those three members of YWAM that ventured to Orlando to help victims of Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan.
"I was amazed at the number of houses that lost roofs," Jimmy Fulcher said. "You could drive around I'd say anywhere 7 to 8 out of 10 houses needed a new roof put on it."
Jimmy and Chris worked to repair some of those roofs, but there efforts to help were halted when a fourth hurricane ravaged the area.
"We were there when (Hurricane) Jeanne hit and we were boarded up in a 3 bedroom 2 bath house where you can't see outside at all. All you can hear is relentless winds blowing 70, 80, 90 miles an hour and you hear things banging off the roof."
"It was sort of like a ghost town," Jimmy said. "The mood was very solemn. I think it was frightening time for a lot of people. We talked to a few people who were carrying out what belongings they had left from trailer parks in their arms and most of them were pretty just blank faced they're biggest thing was when is this going to end."
Jeanne's fury added to an already damaged area. Brush, downed trees and debris piled higher in yards. However out of the destruction, Chris Holden said a new hope formed.
"The community really was coming together because of it was such a disaster," he said. "Everybody needed everybody else's help."
Florida is still recovering from the four hurricanes that pounded the state, but a community in Orlando is a little closer to healing thanks to the help of some East Texans.
"For us to show up it was this real sigh of relief and their hope was lifted because we were just able to be there and along side of them in their time of need," Chris said.
Youth With A Mission has set up a relief fund for hurricane victims on the East Coast and in the Carribbean.
They are asking for money or clothing donations, or for volunteers with experience in recovery efforts.
If you would like to help you can you can contact them at:

Youth With A Mission: Hurricane Relief
P.O. Box 3000
Garden Valley, TX, 75771.

Or call them at (903) 882-5591

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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