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Volunteers are needed for a community-wide storm damage clean-up event Saturday morning in Crosbyton.
Community members, church congregations, and a South Plains disaster relief organization already are planning to work together at the event organized by the non-profit, non-denominational service organization South Plains Regional Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, better known as VOAD, according to a news release from the organization.
VOAD brings organizations and people together to provide community service and relief in times of disaster.
“Crosbyton was hit hard by recent storms, and until now has flown under the radar in terms of disaster clean-up efforts,” Richard Alires, chairman of South Plains Regional VOAD, said in the news release. “It’s a tradition here on the South Plains that we help neighbors in need, so we’re excited to do what we can do to help our friends in Crosbyton as they recover from some pretty rough storms.”
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked meet at First United Methodist Church, 416 W Main St., in Crosbyton. Volunteers will be assigned areas in the city in need of clean up and fence repair, tree and brush trimming, and surveying damage. Those who wish to volunteer are asked to bring their own tools, such as gloves, power equipment (chainsaws, lawnmowers, weedwackers, etc.), trucks and trailers, hats, sunscreen and water.
The event will culminate with a free community barbecue for volunteers. In addition to the clean-up event, the city of Crosbyton has set up a disaster relief fund to benefit the clean-up and repair efforts in the city at Citizens National Bank in Crosbyton, and is requesting community support.