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Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 11:50 a.m. MST

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Danbury, CT

This was such an awesome and humbling opportunity to serve. Most people can't grasp the complete devastation in areas like the Rockaways. This was so far beyond the communities' ability to respond with every single home being affected. Every car in the area, every boiler and electrical panel were all ruined. Businesses and homes alike were completely destroyed by water or fire. The area is home to many retirees and elderly who would otherwise have no way to get back on their feet. Just being able to give people some hope in the face of such destruction was worthwhile. I feel we are just learning the power of this kind of service.

Burlington, CT

Our ward sent 48 youth and adults to work Sunday in the Rockaways. It was a privilege to work with the homeowners who displayed such resilience. We also were fortunate to have 4 Elders working with us, especially in helping to spray a bleach-water mixture to help control mold in areas that were just cleaned of debris. Everyone was amazing. True joy in service. Unfortunately, so much work is needed for these folks to be able to live in their homes again.

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