Saturday, August 3, 2013

Youth groups give wildfire recovery a boost

From Texas-

Sixteen youth groups from across the state arrived in Bastrop County by the van load last week as part of Episcopal Diocese of Texas’ disaster recovery project called

About 185 of the volunteers, between the sixth and 12th grades, teamed up with the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team to boost wildfire recovery efforts.

“These youth are amazing,” said recovery team president Chris Files. “These future leaders of our great country and state are invigorating and will leave you inspired. Most of all, their energy and smiling faces are giving the people in Bastrop County affected by these fires hope.”

It’s easy for Lauren Balentine, 18, of Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, to relate after seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008 in her hometown.

“This is what I would have wanted to have been done for me and my family if we lost our home,” she said.

Bastrop County Complex Fire victim Eric Ostrander, 16, said helping others recover from the fires brought back a lot of memories.

Originally from Bastrop, Ostrander and his family relocated to La Grange after wildfires destroyed their home.

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