A team of six employees from Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) Plant 45 in Goshen, Ind. headed to Moore, Okla., today (May 29) in the company RV to assist in the tornado relief effort, according to a press release.
Rich Furner, who is in quality control, and Service Manager Matt Nead will lead the group as they partner with the local Red Cross and a church in Oklahoma to distribute food and supplies to victims of the disaster.
After seeing TV coverage of the massive Oklahoma storm that killed 24, flattened neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school on May 20, Furner knew he wanted to help.
“I have always wanted to help out in these types of situations and never really had an opportunity,” he said. “I contacted our CEO, Jason Lippert, asking for support. He jumped on board right away.”
The Michiana community is joining LCI in the effort. Mishawaka Walmart employees collected supplies to send with the LCI relief team and the local DAV chapters of Elkhart, Goshen, Kokomo, Michigan City and Hammond together donated about $4,000 worth of needed supplies.
The LCI team will be staying in the company RV at Antioch Christian Church through June 3. The church is organizing efforts with sister churches closer to the disaster area, where the LCI team will assist in cleaning up debris and helping families recover personal belongings in the chaos.
Jake Lenhart, who coordinates work crews for Antioch, said it’s critical for volunteers like the LCI team to come. “When you pick up the debris, you are literally helping them pick up the pieces of their lives.”
Visit redcross.org for details on how to donate money to help in the relief effort.