Organized by the leaders of the B.I.G. community-wide youth group, a group of 27 youth and 15 adults from the Lynnville-Sully community took time out to help their fellow small-town Iowans in Parkersburg following their devastation from an F5 tornado just a few weeks earlier.  

On June 14, 2008, at 6:45 in the morning, everyone eagerly loaded up as many rakes, shovels, and 5-gallon buckets as they had available and made the trek north avoiding the flooded roads in between Sully and Parkersburg. Once there, the group was split into two and sent to a couple different streets where they raked debris to the curbside.  This didn't take them long and the group was being moved to another street; however, they ran into a couple of homeowners that were attempting to clean up their properties by themselves.  They felt much relief when our leaders asked if they would like some help.  The group split up between two houses and carried brush and debris to the curbside, gutted the basements of wet sheetrock, wood, debris, carpet, and helped removed the damaged cap and floor joists, so the homeowners could start over.  What could've taken these homeowners weeks, took them hours.  Everyone in the group felt reward in knowing they had at least helped someone's day go just a little better. 

In the entire scheme of things, the group was only able to help a little and there is more to do.  The group anticipates scheduling more work trips throughout the summer, because the work there and in the flooded communities is far from done.