The second annual “Helping Is Healing” disaster relief mission trip is on its way to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to help families recover from the horrendous flooding that destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and communities last fall.
In a trip that is fully funded by Ben’s Lighthouse, 20 Newtown teen volunteers will spend the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping, and whatever else is needed to help some families whose homes were ravaged by the floods.
The group will post regularly to a blog on the Ben’s Lighthouse Facebook page throughout the week.
Last year, a different group of Newtown teens traveled to Oklahoma to help in the recovery from the deadly tornadoes that rolled through that area last spring.
“We plan to run at least one such trip each summer, and we hope to do more than that,” says Rick Haylon of Ben’s Lighthouse. “We believe that all young people, and particularly those that have suffered like our Newtown and Sandy Hook kids, have the potential to build a more compassionate and connected world. By reaching out both within and outside of our own community to help others in need, each child will gain a perspective that will help when working out their own struggles, now or in the future.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the group plans to visit the Columbine Memorial. Members of The Rebels Project, a Columbine survivor’s group that works to provide support for communities impacted by senseless tragedies, will meet with the teens to talk about ways to move forward, especially when it comes time to leave home for college.