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BOY SCOUT TROOP 33
First Lutheran Church - DeKalb, Illinois


DISASTER RELIEF


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DISASTER MISSIONS


BLIZZARD
    - 2000 DeKalb, IL
FLOOD
    - 1993 Mississippi River
    - 2004 Kishwaukee River
    - 2007 Kishwaukee River
HURRICANE
    - KATRINA
    - IKE
    - SANDY
RESOURCE CENTER
    - 2010 HIS House, KY
    - 2011 HIS House, KY
SHOOTING
    - DeKalb, IL
    - 2013 Newtown, CT
TORNADO
    - 2011 Tuscaloosa, AL
    - 2012 Harrisburg, IL
    - 2012 Oklahoma
    - 2013 Washington IL

Scouts from Troop 33 travel to disaster sites to invest themselves in hard physical labor to benefit the community. Their work time has been spent in a variety of major projects.










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Blog - Background - Project #1 - Project #2 - Support - Photos - Yahoo



TORNADO RELIEF PROJECTS


BACKGROUND

Troop 33 spent part of Spring Break working on disaster relief projects in Harrisburg, Illinois. On Leap Day, February 29, 2012, Harrisburg, Illinois was struck with an EF-4 class tornado which left 7 people dead, over 100 people injured, more than 175 homes and businesses destroyed, with countless more buildings damaged, plus extensive destruction of trees and power lines.

Scouts from Troop 33 traveled nearly 400 miles to Harrisburg to invest themselves in hard physical labor to benefit the community. Their work time was spent in two major projects.


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to learn about
TROOP 33's DISASTER
RELIEF EFFORTS

1993 - Mississippi River Flood

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2004 - Kishwaukee River Flood - DeKalb, IL

2005 - Hurricane Katrina Christmas - Pass Christian, MS

2006 - Hurricane Katrina Easter - Pass Christian, MS

2006 - Hurricane Katrina Bike-a-thon - New Orleans, LA

2007 - Kishwaukee River Flood - DeKalb, IL

2008 - Hurrican Ike Christmas - Galveston, TX

2009 - Hurricane Ike Spring Break - Galveston, TX

2010 - Kentucky Disaster Center - Beechmont, KY

2011 - Kentucky Disaster Center - Beechmont, KY

2012 - EF4 Tornado Spring Break - Harrisburg, IL

2012 - Hurricane Sandy Thanksgiving Break - New Jersey

2012 - Hurricane Sandy Christmas Break - New Jersey

2013 - EF5 Tornado Sites - Oklahoma

2013 - EF4 Tornado Christmas Break - Washington, IL

2014 - EF5 Tornado Spring Break - Washington, IL



Click here to see a You Tube video which includes our hurricane relief efforts. (starts at 4:20 in the video).

DECEMBER 2005 KATRINA MISSION

We spent the week before Christmas 2005 in Mississippi where we collected and distributed over 3 tons of supplies trucked in from DeKalb, prepared a holiday banquet for homeless families at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, helped prepare over 5,000 meals for victims and volunteer workers at God's Katrina Kitchen in Pass Christian, MS., and helped establish a new animal rescue shelter in New Orleans, LA

Read about this project at the BSA's Good Turn for America website.

Christmas Mission Photos
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APRIL 2006 KATRINA MISSION

We spent Easter week 2006 in Mississippi where we prepared 2,000 meals for volunteer workers at Pass Christian, MS., worked at God's Katrina Distribution Center, and helped at the ARNO animal rescue center in New Orleans, where, among other projects, rescued 13 puppies from beneath abandoned buildings.

To read about our trip in the Jan/Feb issue of Scouting Magazine, click here.

Easter Mission Photos
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BIKING FOR KATRINA 2006

A team of Troop 33 Scouts biked nearly 500-miles for Katrina, from Memphis to New Orleans in June 2006.

We raised money per mile biked from sponsorship. Ending the ride in New Orleans at the national convention for the American Library Association, we presented a check for $3,000 at the opening ceremony to benefit libraries in the Gulf region damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

To read about our effort in American Libraries Magazine click here.

(You have to scroll down near bottom of page)


Troop 33 presents a $3,000.00 check
to the American Library Association.


OVERVIEW OF 10 KATRINA PROJECTS

September - December 2005
1. Conducted fundraisers to raise money for hurricane relief.
December 2005
2. Collected and transported 3 tons of critically needed supplies.
3. Prepared banquet at Keesler AFB for homeless military families.
4. Prepared 5,000 meals at God's Katrina Kitchen in Pass Christian, MS
5. Helped establish a new animal rescue center for New Orleans, LA
April 2006
6. Collected and transported another 3 tons of supplies.
7. Prepared another 2,000 meals at God's Katrina Kitchen.
8. Worked at God's Katrina Distribution Center in Pass Christian, MS.
9. Worked various projects at ARNO animal rescue center in New Orleans.
June 2006
10. Biked nearly 500 miles to raise money for hurricane damaged libraries.


SPECIAL LINKS

ARNO - Animal Rescue New Orleans
God's Katrina Kitchen



PROJECT #1

Scouts collected storm debris from 4-miles of roadway along U.S. Route 45. Items were a varied including: vinyl siding, wood trim, wood decking, 20lb weightlifting disk, I-Pod attachment, car parts, litter, basketball backboard, plus countless other items.

Some things could be easily picked up and some needed to be pryed from the ground. Two truckloads of debris were collected. The result was a clean litter-free roadway.


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PROJECT #2

Two lots on Largent Street in Harrisburg had homes destroyed and demolished. Bricks and concrete still remained and needed to be removed to clear the lots for trailer use. The Scouts of Troop 33 removed tons of bricks and concrete from the area using wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, buckets, a big sledge hammer, and a lot of muscle and sweat.

It was a project of extreme physical effort. Each day a large container dumpster was filled with tons of material and hauled away. The lots were eventually cleared. Two trailers were moved onto the properties to provide temporaty housing for homeless families. The work of the boys made an important difference in the lives of people.


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SUPPORT

Dorrisville Baptist Church provided meals and lodging while in Harrisburg. Operation Storm provided project supervision and support. Scouts enjoyed daily showers, sleeping cots in a gymnasium, excellent meals, and some very positive interaction with other great volunteer workers. Energetic evenings were spent playing basketball and volleyball in the gym.

Scouts were invited to outstanding religious services on Palm Sunday conducted by Dorrisville Baptist Church. Local people expressed thanks for our time and efforts. Everyone was gracious and hospitable to us. The boys rose to any challenge with a cheerful spirit of service that brought great pride to our efforts.

Our disaster relief projects made a significant improvement in the recovery of the community. The Scouts of Troop 33 lived the Oath and Law while investing sweat, hard work, and determination to the benefit of others.


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