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TROOP 33's
RELIEF EFFORTS


BLIZZARD
  • 2000 - December Blizzard - DeKalb, Illinois

    DISASTER CENTER
  • 2010 - HIS House Disaster Center - Beechmont, Kentucky
  • 2011 - HIS House Disaster Center - Beechmont, Kentucky

    FLOOD
  • 1993 - Mississippi River Flood - Pleasant Hill, Illinois
  • 2004 - Kishwaukee River Flood - DeKalb, Illinois
  • 2007 - Kishwaukee River Flood - DeKalb, Illinois

    HURRICANE
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina - Christmas Mission
  • 2006 - Hurricane Katrina - Easter Mission
  • 2006 - Hurricane Katrina - Summer Biking for Katrina
  • 2008 - Hurricane Ike - Christmas Mission
  • 2009 - Hurricane Ike - Spring Mission
  • 2012 - Hurricane Sandy - Thanksgiving Mission
  • 2012 - Hurricane Sandy - Christmas Mission

    MASS SHOOTING
  • 2008 - Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, Illinois
  • 2012 - Sandy Hook School - Newtown, Connecticut

    TORNADO
  • 2011 - EF-4 Tornado - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 2012 - EF-4 Tornado - Harrisburg, Illinois
  • 2013 - EF-5 Tornado - Norman and Bethel Acres, Oklhoma
  • 2013 - EF-4 Tornado - Washington, Illnois



  • BLIZZARD RELIEF EFFORTS



    DISASTER CENTER WORK



    "HIS HOUSE" DISASTER
    CENTER EFFORTS


    HIS HOUSE PROJECT
    March 2010

    We spent a week working to help transform the abandoned Hughes-Kirk High School high school in Beechmont, Kentucky into a disaster resource center. When completed it will provide classrooms for disaster relief training, emergency housing, control and logistic support, and a distribution center to support critical needs of upcoming disasters.


    HIS HOUSE PROJECT
    March 2011

    A week was spent working to help transform an abandoned school formerly known as Hughes-Kirk High School high school located in Beechmont, Kentucky into a disaster resource center. When completed it will provide classrooms for disaster relief training, emergency housing, control and logistic support, and a distribution center to support critical needs of upcoming disasters


    OVERVIEW OF "HIS HOUSE" PROJECTS

    March 2010
    1. Contributed money to "His House" project.
    2. Removed debris from various parts of building.
    3. Painted areas outdoors.
    4. Reworked electrical switches.
    5. Worked to improve outdoor grounds.
    March 2011
    6. Contributed money to "His House" project.
    7. Unloaded trucks and organized storage.
    8. Cleaned various parts of building.
    9. Worked to clean up grounds area.





    FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS


           

    MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOOD
    July 1993

    Major flooding caused roads and bridges to close, with flooding damage to area homes.

    Troop 33 volunteered to fill sand bags for flooding areas in the Sny Island Levee System.

    For more information click here.


           

    KISHWAUKEE RIVER FLOOD
    May 31, 2004

    Major flooding caused roads and bridges to close, with flooding damage to area homes.

    Troop 33 volunteered to move sand bags and place them in flooding areas near Dawn Court in DeKalb.


           

    KISHWAUKEE RIVER FLOOD
    August 24, 2007

    Flooding caused roads and bridges to close, 600 area residents were displaced from their homes. Illinois Governor Blagojavich declared DeKalb County a disaster area.

    Troop 33 volunteered to provide food in the initial days and provided some food service equipment on loan for local Red Cross Chapter to use. We reconditioned donated bicycles and provided clean-up efforts removing sand bags in DeKalb.

    For more information click here.


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    HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS


           

    HURRICANE KATRINA
    RELIEF EFFORTS


    DECEMBER 2005 KATRINA MISSION

    We spent the week before Christmas 2005 in Mississippi where we collected and distributed over 3 tons of supplies trucked in from DeKalb, prepared a holiday banquet for homeless families at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, helped prepare over 5,000 meals for victims and volunteer workers at God's Katrina Kitchen in Pass Christian, MS., and helped establish a new animal rescue shelter in New Orleans, LA

    Read about this project at the BSA's Good Turn for America website.

    Christmas Mission Photos
    Visit our photo album


    APRIL 2006 KATRINA MISSION

    We spent Easter week 2006 in Mississippi where we prepared 2,000 meals for volunteer workers at Pass Christian, MS., worked at God's Katrina Distribution Center, and helped at the ARNO animal rescue center in New Orleans, where, among other projects, rescued 13 puppies from beneath abandoned buildings.

    To read about our trip in the Jan/Feb issue of Scouting Magazine, click here.

    Easter Mission Photos
    Visit our photo album


    BIKING FOR KATRINA 2006

    A team of Troop 33 Scouts biked nearly 500-miles for Katrina, from Memphis to New Orleans in June 2006.

    We raised money per mile biked from sponsorship. Ending the ride in New Orleans at the national convention for the American Library Association, we presented a check for $3,000 at the opening ceremony to benefit libraries in the Gulf region damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    To read about our effort in American Libraries Magazine click here.

    (You have to scroll down near bottom of page)


    Troop 33 presents a $3,000.00 check
    to the American Library Association.


    OVERVIEW OF 10 KATRINA PROJECTS

    September - December 2005
    1. Conducted fundraisers to raise money for hurricane relief.
    December 2005
    2. Collected and transported 3 tons of critically needed supplies.
    3. Prepared banquet at Keesler AFB for homeless military families.
    4. Prepared 5,000 meals at God's Katrina Kitchen in Pass Christian, MS
    5. Helped establish a new animal rescue center for New Orleans, LA
    April 2006
    6. Collected and transported another 3 tons of supplies.
    7. Prepared another 2,000 meals at God's Katrina Kitchen.
    8. Worked at God's Katrina Distribution Center in Pass Christian, MS.
    9. Worked various projects at ARNO animal rescue center in New Orleans.
    June 2006
    10. Biked nearly 500 miles to raise money for hurricane damaged libraries.

    Click here to see a You Tube video which includes our hurricane relief efforts.
    (starts at 4:20 in the video).





           

    HURRICANE IKE
    RELIEF EFFORTS


    DECEMBER 2008 IKE MISSION

    We spent the week after Christmas 2008 in Texas where we helped cook hundreds of meals for vicims and volunteers in Galveston and helped rehab two homes.


    MARCH 2009 IKE SPRING MISSION

    We spent our spring break 2009 in Galveston, Texas where we helped restore a historic building downtown, removed debris from yards, gutted the second floor of a house, worked to improve a city park, and hung drywall in a house we had gutted back in December. We also purchased a new motor for a church air conditioning unit.



    SPECIAL LINK

    Cavalry for Christ Relief Organization




           

    HURRICANE SANDY
    RELIEF EFFORTS


    NOVEMBER 2012
    SANDY THANKSGIVING MISSION

    We traveled to New Jersey to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We invested our time doing work projects and distributing critically needed supplies.

    WORK PROJECTS
    We participated in three work projects.

    1.) Shared Thanksgiving with a retirement home in Middletown, NJ.
    2.) Cleared debris at Windward Beach city park in Brick, NJ.
    3.) Removed debris at the home of an elderly man battling cancer.

    SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION
    A 26-foot trailer filled with critically needed supplies, collected locally from our community, was transported to New Jersey. The contents of the trailer were delivered to three areas:

    1.) FEMA collection site in Union Beach, NJ.
    2.) Beacon of Hope NMCC distribution center in Hazlet, NJ.
    3.) Clinton Hill Community Resource Center in Newark, NJ.



    DECEMBER 2012
    SANDY CHRISTMAS MISSION

    We traveled to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We invested our time doing work projects and distributing critically needed supplies.

    WORK PROJECTS
    We participated in four work projects.

    1.) Worked digging sand from homes in Ocean Beach, NJ.
    2.) Helped move Memorial School in Union Beach, NJ.
    3.) Moved supplies for Salvation Army in Hazlet, NJ
    4.) Worked at a distribution Center in Rockaway, NY.

    SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION
    A van filled with critically needed supplies, collected locally from our community, was transported east. The contents were delivered to three areas:

    1.) Memorial items to Town Hall, Newtown, CT.
    2.) Operation Brick Food Relief in Brick, NJ.
    3.) Renaissance Community Center in Newark, NJ.



    OVERVIEW OF 11 SANDY PROJECTS

    Pre-trip 2012
    1. Conducted collection efforts for hurricane relief.
    November 2012
    2. Collected donations of critically needed supplies to fill 26 ft trailer.
    3. Served Thanksgiving Dinner at Regal Pointe Center, Middletown, NJ.
    4. Worked to clear debris at Windward Beach Park in Brick, NJ
    5. Cleared storm debris at the home of an elderly couple in Brick, NJ
    6. Delivered donated supplies to Union Beach, Hazlet, and Newark, NJ
    December 2012
    6. Transported more supplies for hurricane relief.
    7. Shoveled sand drifts away from homes in Ocean Beach, NJ.
    8. Helped in moving Memorial School in Hazlet, NJ.
    9. Worked at Salvation Army Emergency Response Center, Hazlet, NJ.
    10. Worked at distribution center in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY
    11. Delivered donated supplies to Brick and Newark, NJ.


    to learn more about our Hurricane Sandy efforts
    click here
    .



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    MASS SHOOTING


           

    NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERISTY
    February 14, 2008

    A gunman shot into a lecture class at Cole Hall on the Northern Illinois University campus, wounding 26 people, killing 5 students and himself.

    On June 1, 2008 Troop 33 sponsored the "100k Forward Together Bike Ride". The ride resulted in a $530.00 profit, which was donated to a fund for building a memorial to the students. There is now a memorial garden & sculpture dedicated to the memory of the five students.

    For more information click here.



           

    SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    December 14, 2012

    The town of Newtown, Connecticut was the site of a tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook School where 20 school children and six adults lost their lives.

    Troop 33 traveled there and met with city officials on December 27, 2012. A giant banner was delivered signed by hundreds of students from DeKalb High School. A box filled with over 200 "healing bags" was donated by Cub Scout Pack 173 of DeKalb. Healing bags were filled with candy and a written note, which will be delivered to the younger students of Sandy Hook. With city approval, Troop 33 hung a Christmas angel from trees overlooking a half mast flag at Dickinson Park. Temporary memorial sites in Newtown were visited. They included thousands of memorial items on display.



    OVERVIEW OF MEMORIAL ITEMS

        DONATED DECEMBER 27, 2012:
        1. Signature Banner (from DeKalb High School).
        2. 200 Healing Bags (from Pack 173 St Mary's).
        3. Installed an Angel at Dickinson Park.


    For more information click here.


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    TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS



           

    EF-4 TORNADO - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Project Date - April 4, 2011

    The 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado was an EF4 multiple-vortex tornado that devastated portions of Tuscaloosa and other areas during the late afternoon and early evening of Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

    There were 358 tornadoes during April 2528, the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, leaving a path of destruction of 80.7 miles long and killing 64 people.

    We collected food and other items donating them to a family in Waterman, Illinois that traveled south to Tuscaloosa.




           

    EF-4 TORNADO - Harrisburg, Illinois
    March 31 - April 4, 2012

    On Leap Day, February 29, 2012, Harrisburg, Illinois was struck with an EF-4 class tornado which left 8 people dead, over 100 people injured, more than 175 homes and businesses destroyed, with countless more buildings damaged, plus extensive destruction of trees and power lines.

    Scouts from Troop 33 traveled nearly 400 miles to Harrisburg to spend Spring Break in Harrisburg, Illinois.

    Scouts collected storm debris from 4-miles of roadway along U.S. Route 45.

    The Scouts of Troop 33 removed tons of bricks and concrete from two lots on Largent Street using wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, buckets, a big sledge hammer.

    Two trailers were moved onto the properties to provide temporaty housing for homeless families. The work of the boys made an important difference in the lives of people.




           

    EF-5 TORNADOES - Oklahoma City Area
    July 1 - 7, 2013


    EF-4 SHAWNEE TORNADO - May 19, 2013

    An EF-4 tornado touched down May 19 near Shawnee, Oklahoma causing severe damage to an area known as Steelman Acres. It damaged or destroyed about 95% of the homes. Several agencies rushed in to give aid.

    The very next day an EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma and all agencies rushed to Moore, leaving Steelman Acres with no support.

    A motorcycle group known as U.S. Defenders, came to their rescue and set up a tornado relief center known as Camp Ironhorse.

    Scouts from Troop 33 helped with cooking meals, cleaning up areas, unloading trucks, moving tables, helping to tear down a house, and set up a shelter for a family of four.


    EF-5 MOORE TORNADO - May 20, 2013

    We were assigned to scout for projects in three neighborhoods in Moore, Oklahoma. We would drive down each street past each house looking for residents in need of volunteer labor. We had literature from SaveMoore.com to hand out..

    At the Serve Moore volunteer HQ in Moore, Oklahoma, scouts unload a truck at their warehouse.


    EF-4 EL RENO TORNADO - May 31, 2013

    Troop 33 Scouts delivered bottled water to the Ture Light Baptist Church near Midwest City, OK. The area was flooded by rains of the EF-5 tornado of May 31 and still suffer from unsafe water. Nearby a giant sinkhole was created on 23rd St.

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    WASHINGTON ILLINOIS TORNADO
    RELIEF EFFORTS


    DECEMBER 2013 WASHINGTON, ILLINOIS

    We spent two days after Christmas 2013 in Washington, Illinois where we helped clear church properties, collected debris along a roadway, sorted clothing at a donation center, and removed debris from a residential neighborhood.


    Visit our photo album


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