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CPC mission trip helps victims of Hurricane Sandy

12 Sep 2014

CPC mission trip helps victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Neighbors | Submitted.Picture in the room which Canfield Presbyterian Church mission trip participants completely dry walled while helping Hurricane Sandy victims rebuild their house in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., were, from left, (front) Eryn Willoughby, Amy Goddard; (middle) Julie Angelo, Irina Wilson, Catherine Brown, Lerlene Rosko, Jyl Willoughby; (back) Zac Gierlach, Dylan Bowald, Isaac Bowald and Pastor Larry Bowald.

The Canfield Presbyterian Church sent seven youth and four adults to Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., for its annual mission trip from July 27 through Aug. 2.

Canfield Presbyterian Church Pastor Larry Bowald, Zac Gierlach, Dylan Bowald, Isaac Bowald,, Julie Angelo, Irina Wilson, Catherine Brown, Lerlene Rosko, Jyl Willoughby, Eryn Willoughby and Amy Goddard comprised the group which traveled to New Jersey.

Working with the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group, the church group helped a family get one step closer to returning to their home, after almost two years of being displaced.

“Can you believe it? Hurricane Sandy was two years ago this October and there are still so many displaced victims,” said Julie Angelo, Canfield Presbyterian Church youth ministry leader.

The group assisted by learning to dry wall and placing drywall in two rooms of the house.

“Doing this type of work was way out of our group’s comfort zone, but they did what they had to do to make a difference. It was hard to see how much work still needed to be done and to hear all the sad stories, especially about all the fraudulent people who stole victims’ money,” Angelo said.

 The church group dined at Mary’s Table, which is a free community dinner prepared by volunteers of the St. Mary’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church. During the dinner the group had a chance to talk to more victims and found out the community dinner started the week of Sandy and ended up serving a dinner for anyone, every night, for three months.

“This group of volunteers was very emotional and thankful we had decided to choose Point Pleasant for our mission trip this year. Our message to everyone is that if you are able and have time, go to New Jersey and volunteer your time and talents to help those victims.

“As time goes on, the number of volunteers is waning, even though there is still quite a need there. They would love to have construction and contractors who really know how to do more of the skilled jobs,” Angelo said.

The Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group may be contacted by calling 732-569-3484, at or by e-mail at The organization may also be contacted through Facebook at

“We returned from this year’s trip realizing that even though we seemed to do so little, that really we were an important piece in the whole puzzle,” Angelo said.

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