It’s been nearly two weeks since Hurricane Sandy barreled towards the northeast, leaving destruction in her wake. While Sandy didn’t affect Omaha, the disaster did touch people’s hearts here. Saturday, many people stepped up to help.
Inside a warehouse, volunteers worked on assembly lines. Adults and kids scooped up grains, packed it into bags and then placed those bags in boxes.
“Being in Omaha it’s hard to actually do something for people on the East Coast with the hurricane victims, so this is a way we feel like we could help out for their time of need,” said Mark Weishahn.
Weishahn was one of the volunteers. He also brought along his son Nathan. “I think it's a great thing for him to see and learn. Hopefully he will continue to do something like this when he grows up.”
Many others in Omaha felt the same way. Over 60 people volunteered to help pack the food.
The project is run by Kids Against Hunger. All the food was donated. Volunteers packed around 7,000 meals on Saturday. The goal was to eventually send 50,000 meals.
Organizer Kelly Jo Yaksich said, “They are desperate for the food and supplies we are gathering.”
Volunteer Alan Hove said, “Your heart goes out to those people because if it was you there and you needed help, you'd hope someone would lend a hand and that's all we can do."
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