Campus Ministries' December Service Trip to Florida
During Christmas break, Goshen College's Campus Ministries organized a service trip with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) for 26 students to do cleanup and building in the towns of Wauchula and Century, Fla., from Dec. 10-16. The two groups of students and their faculty leaders replaced roofs, cleaned windows, painted, hung drywall, as well as enjoyed each other's company and the people they met from the communities and MDS.
From the MDS website:
Hurricane Charley struck Wauchula with enough force to move the 5,000 seat stands at the high school stadium a few feet and cause damage to about 80 percent of the 4000 homes. Hurricane's Frances and Jeanne also came close to Wauchula and caused a great deal of damage. According to FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), about 95 percent of the town's 4000 home owners have applied for Federal assistance to repair or rebuild their homes.
Hurricane Ivan struck Florida September 16, 2004 with great force. A catagory 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, Ivan had sustained winds of 125 mpg. The town of Century, Fla., located in a heavily forested area near the Alabama border, sustained very heavy tree damage with the majority of the homes in the community receiving damage.