Storm relief work day planned for this Friday
by JAMES PHILLIPS
Mar 27, 2013 | 2046 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A storm relief work day has been scheduled for Friday to assist victims of last week’s severe thunderstorms in Jasper. Dogwood Acres Trailer Park, above, was one of three mobile home parks that suffered heavy damage from the storm. – Photo by: Ron Harris.
A storm relief work day has been scheduled for Friday to assist victims of last week’s severe thunderstorms in Jasper. Dogwood Acres Trailer Park, above, was one of three mobile home parks that suffered heavy damage from the storm. – Photo by: Ron Harris.
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In the wake of severe thunderstorms damaging several areas of Walker County last week, Kathy Bonikowski has worked to find relief for residents who were affected.

Bonikowski, a resident of the Argo community, said her cousin lives in the Twin Lakes Mobile Home Park in Jasper, which was one of the harder hit spots in the county.

“There were three trailer parks that had major damage in Jasper,” Bonikowski said. “The people in those areas still need help.”

Bonikowski is organizing a work day to assist storm victims who continue to need help. She is asking anyone willing to volunteer to meet at Woodland Trace Church of Christ in Jasper at 9:30 a.m. Friday. She said volunteers will organize at the church and break into teams that will work at Twin Lakes Mobile Home Park, Dogwood Acres Trailer Park and Airport Road Trailer Park.

“Those were the biggest groups that were affected by the storm,” she said. “There are a couple families who still need tarps put on their roofs and several who still have downed trees that need to be cut up and removed. With it being spring break, I felt like we could get some volunteers who normally couldn’t help.”

Volunteers are asked to bring yard tools and chainsaws. Bonikowski is requesting volunteers call her at 205-777-1032 in an attempt to estimate how many projects the group will be able to tackle Friday.

“If there is anyone else who needs help, they can also call me,” she said.

Bonikowski said she is also heading up a monetary donation campaign to help put roofs on several homes.

“The goal is to raise $10,000 — that will be enough for six new roofs,” she said.

All monetary donations should be made to Woodland Trace Church of Christ.

A truckload of emergency relief supplies is also expected on Saturday to help residents of the three mobile home parks.

“We have a truck coming from Memphis,” Bonikowski said. “They will be bringing a lot of grocery items and several other things. We’re all just trying to do what we can to help as much as possible.”