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Church group assists storm relief efforts in NYC

Nov. 15, 2012 @ 06:57 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Liz Rudd and 11 other members of Christ Temple Church in Huntington have been furiously packing in preparation for a trip to New York this week.

However, instead of taking in the sights and shops, the group instead will be giving their time, efforts and a small load of supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Flushing, Queens, New York. The truck full of volunteers and supplies left the church at midnight Thursday.

Rudd has been in correspondence with a group called Street LIFE Ministries, based in Queens, and, upon arrival, the Christ Temple Church group will meet with ministry leaders who will direct them to where they can be the most useful.

"They've told us about a pregnant woman with a small child whose home sustained major damage, and that is where we are going first," Rudd said. "What we do know for sure is we are going there, and we are doing whatever we can to help."

The group from Huntington will be meeting up with a group of people from the Lean On Me Outreach Center in Rockford, Mich., which also is sending supplies to victims who need them.

Rudd said it was her understanding that there is limited space for supplies in New York, and what residents really needed was physical help.

"We don't want to take too much stuff there, overwhelm them and make a bigger problem," she said. "We are already planning a second trip, and once we get back from this trip, we will have a better idea of what they need and what will work for them."

The group will return to Huntington on Monday, and Rudd said she will then be able to provide more information to those who are interested in making donations.

For more information, contact Rudd by calling 304-416-5499 or visit www.ctcwv.com.

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