Louisa church sending relief to New Jersey

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

Communities along the eastern seaboard are still cleaning up and trying to gather themselves after Hurricane Sandy swept through last week. Residents in Middletown, New Jersey are no exception.

“When I had heard that the area had been devastated, I had to get in touch with my good friend Bruce Koczman who is a pastor in Highlands,” said Pastor Dave Hansen of Calvary Chapel Louisa located in Mineral.

The two pastors formed a friendship when they became roommates during the Wyoming Outreach program this past July.

Hansen said that Koczman’s church, Jesus Fellowship, lost everything on the first floor from the 12-foot storm surges that accompanied Sandy.

“They are not so much worried about the church building right now,” Hansen said. “It’s a cinder block building and with a little cleaning, it will be fine.”

Hansen, with the help of Koczman, has made of list of the basic items residents need in order to survive.  Calvary Chapel Louisa hopes to collect these items from the Louisa area and deliver them to Jesus Fellowship on Monday, Nov. 12. Calvary Chapel Louisa is teaming with Calvary Chapel Charlottesville to gather supplies for the Middleton community.

“The church is centrally located in the city and they want to be a community base to help the residents get back on their feet,” Hansen said. “I can’t imagine them going without essential items and the church [Jesus Fellowship] wants to help and be a source of comfort as well.”

Calvary Chapel will collect items Thursday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. The church is located at 228 Louisa Ave., Mineral, behind the Mineral firehouse.

Hansen is also looking for vans, drivers and volunteers who want to participate in the relief effort.

“I’m looking for a team to make this happen,” he said.

For more information on how to help or become involved, contact Hansen at (540) 223-6313.

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