Story first posted on October 16, 2013, by Shirley Scoville on As Light Shines
Members of the Boulder Colorado Stake wore Mormon Helping Hands vests and lifted many people’s spirits on Sept. 29, 2013, in their ongoing efforts to help neighbors clean up their properties damaged by the flood. This video puts faces and voices with the vests.
A young boy told Mormon Helping Hands volunteer Mike Newbry that most of his house’s floors were gone, others unsafe to walk on. His front yard had grass, a garden and a pond, which is now underneath 10 feet or more of sand and boulders.
He is glad his family made it out before the waters came and are safe. After returning, though, he saw the raging river washing trees downstream and heard boulders smashing into each other. His biggest disappointment was his Legos collection was washed away.
Members of the Boulder Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wearing yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests came to help the boy and many others afflicted by the devastating flood. They gathered in Boulder at the church at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2013, received training and assignments, slipped on their vests and grabbed a lunch for the all-day commitment. Assignments were in various parts of Boulder County.
The cultural hall at the church was full of energy with the crowd there in the morning and more subdued when work parties returned their boots and sleighs a group at a time in the afternoon. A crew stuck around all day at the church to field calls, to record efforts properly for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to thank volunteers.
Quinn Remund, second counselor in the Boulder Stake presidency, added another message of gratitude the next day. He said, “Thanks to everyone for the great turnout on Saturday. By the end of the day, we had approximately 160 volunteers that, together, put in hundreds of hours of service. What a difference you made in a single day! We’d love to hear about your experiences and see your photos of the service project!”
Other numbers include nearly 100 volunteers working an estimated 600 volunteer hours on Sept. 14 after gathering at the Church in Boulder and 120 volunteers putting in approximately 500 hours of service on Oct. 5.
“You’re moving mud and hearts one shovel-full at a time!” Remund told volunteers in a written message.
Members also have hauled debris in organized efforts through the Stake on several occasions, provided personnel for the Donation Drop-off Center at 5495 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, when it was open and monitored dumpsters for FEMA throughout Boulder County.
The Stake’s commitment to provide free flood relief help is ongoing. Those needing help are encouraged to call 720-924-6550 or visit http://www.igpscorp.com/LDSHelpingHands.
JustServe brings together people who need help with those who are willing to give help. By partnering with churches, civic organizations, non-profits and government agencies, JustServe links you to service opportunities in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however you want to do it. Service opportunities include flood relief efforts as seen in this video.