HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Dec. 5, 2005

Dassel man takes relief effort into his own hands

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

A local holiday relief effort for the Hurricane Katrina victims is in the making.

Alan Nagel of Dassel began the Camp Katrina Relief Effort through Elim Mission Church in Cokato after learning his son was going to Mississippi with his college to help with the effort.

Nagel wanted to go with his son, but with college liabilities, he wasn’t allowed, so he decided to start his own relief effort.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, he announced to his church about his intentions and it was “overwhelming to see the response,” Nagel said.

“I’ve already seen responses from all over the place of people wanting to help out,” he said.

As part of the relief effort, Nagel will be collecting donations for “Christmas on the Coast” sponsored by Christian Life Church in Waveland, Mississippi. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, sporting goods, stuffed animals, board games, slippers, cameras, purses, and underwear are among the long list of items to donate.

Other donations such as household items, toiletries, canned goods, baby food and formula will be distributed there as well.

“We are hoping to serve over 6,000 families who are in need,” said Nagel.

Nagel will be driving his motor home along with a trailer full of donations. “My biggest fear is finding a trucking company to haul it down. My trailer is only so big,” Nagel said, “but that would be a good problem,” he continued.

When Nagel and his passengers arrive in Wakeland, they will be working with a task force to help wherever they are need. “Their needs change daily,” Nagel said. “We might be picking up debris or putting siding on a house, it all depends on where they need us,” he said.

How to help

Donation drop-off sites are at Cokato Motor Sales and Hansen Hardware in Dassel. The last day for drop-offs will be Wed., Dec. 14.

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