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Global Disaster Relief team is helping to clean up Wakefield, NE


Monday's tornado ripped through parts of Nebraska. Crews with the Global Compassion Network are here in Wakefield helping families clean up the mess left behind from Monday's storm.

"So many people volunteering in Pilger that we decided to come here cause they were desperately looking for volunteer help," said Dennis Anderson, domestic disaster relief director with the Global Compassion Network.

"As the tornado came through, it just kind of demolishes everything," said Mark Lee from the Global Compassion Network.

Like Wakefield's Leprechaun Trailer Court where eight of the nine trailer homes were destroyed beyond repair.

"So we go through with the equipment and try to pick out the big stuff. Just separate that out so we can clean the site up so we can get people back here," said Lee.

Residents said they're thankful for the extra helping hands.

"Just knowing that these guys showed up for us means a lot. Not just for me, but for my family too," said Jesse Nunez from Wakefield, Nebraska.

"Well I'm grateful for them cause they come out and help us during this time of need and to get all this stuff cleaned up. Seeing what they can do for us and what we can do for them is just the best feeling in the world, pretty much," said resident Alex Nunez.

Global Compassion Network is a faith based organization. When natural disasters strike, the relief team responds with help and hope in the form of heavy equipment and willing hands.

"We just feel very strongly that God has called us to help each other and help out neighbors. So, we feel like we're fulfilling what God has called us to do," said Anderson.

Clean up at Wakefield's Leprechaun Trailer Court will take many days; but, crews with the Global Compassion Network said they'll be there every step of the way. The funding for Global Compassion Network's fuel, equipment, supplies and travel comes straight from donors, sponsors and sometimes their own pockets. For more information on donating to the disaster relief efforts in Wakefield, Nebraska click here.


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