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November 20, 2013

Neighbors helping neighbors


“We want people to come here and tell us what we can do to help them. If they need boxes or help removing debris, we have people here that are wanting to help,” said Quast.

Danyelle Widner and about 25 other volunteers were stationed between Cindy Kay Lane and Daviess Drive removing limbs and other debris. Widner and the other volunteers are a part of Helping His Hands, a mission organization based in Vincennes and founded by Scott Shipman about 20 years ago.

Shipman said that Helping His Hands has helped with relief efforts after the tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma earlier this year, in Joplin, Mo., and in other areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The group has also helped in the Indiana towns like Emison, Oakland City and Henryville.

“When disasters strike, we try to be there as soon as we can,” said Shipman. “We take a lot of Vincennes University students to help with relief too. We’ve taken groups as small as four to help and groups larger than 100.”

Shipman sent a group to Illinois on Sunday and relief efforts started in Daviess County on Monday and will continue the rest of the week.

Widner was one of several local individuals who traveled to Oklahoma earlier this year to help with cleanup and rebuilding. “You don’t have to be an electrician or a carpenter to come help. You can come help pick up limbs and other debris. We’ve had people of all ages here helping,” said Widner.

The youngest volunteer on hand was 4-year-old Shawn Carter Condra who was helping pick up sticks and limbs.

“When I went to Oklahoma earlier this year, I knew the trip would change me as a person, but I didn’t know how much. When you go there, and you see the devastation --- people sleeping in tents when its 118 degrees out, it has an impact on you. You want to help,” said Widner. “Now we are able to help at home, but we couldn’t have gotten this much accomplished without the help of the county highway garage and the city electric and street departments who brought down their equipment.”

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