By Debby Stricker
Removing drywall, cabinets, and furniture ruined by Hurricane Ian was part of Valeda Van Natta’s volunteer work on the Florida gulf coast last week. Volunteers carried the debris to the curb to be hauled off.
The rural Nashville woman participated in Eight Days Of Hope Rapid Response to assist in clean-up. The non-denominational Christian relief program is the “hands and feet” of Jesus, to show Christian love by assisting those in need.
“We are there to provide emotional support, as well as do the work,” Van Natta said.
The 120 person crew Van Natta was with worked at flooded houses south and southeast of Sarasota. While some volunteers were from that area, those from out of the area stayed at Bayside Christian Church in Sarasota. They were provided three meals a day and transported to the work sites.
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