Storm cleanup volunteers busy with today's south Augusta effort

Saturday, April 18, 2009 12:36 PM
Last updated 6:56 PM
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At least three dozen volunteers turned out this morning to help clean up south Augusta storm debris, remnants of the April 10 tornado.

The effort was coordinated by the American Red Cross of Augusta and Habitat for Humanity.

Among the volunteers was Niko Duncan, 16, who said, "I figured it would be a great way to give back to the community because they are always giving back to me in different ways, so why not come back and pick up all the trees that fell down during that giant storm the other week.”

Niko’s parents, Rik and Elsa Duncan, of Martinez, decided to join their son in the cleanup effort.

“We heard about this on the television yesterday morning, and actually one of my mom’s employees lives on this street, so I thought it would be a good chance to come out and help those that actually help our family and help those in need,” Rik Duncan said as he hauled debris from a back yard on Gatewood Drive to a nearby dumpster.

Sarah E. Townsend, director of public relations and development for the American Red Cross of Augusta, said that the organization was pleased to see so many volunteers show up.

“The turnout has been great," she said.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 04/18/09 - 06:29 pm
We, the People, must assert

We, the People, must assert our rightful control over governmental activities at all levels through the volunteer, or unpaid agent, process. CITIZENSHIP is a duty which, though devoid of monetary compensation, we must voluntarily assume if our two-hundred-plus-year experiment in self-government is to succeed.

YellowHammer 04/18/09 - 10:16 pm
I've seen the devastation at

I've seen the devastation at this site and it was significant. But I have to ask: What makes this particular site in need of volunteers any more than the other areas that suffered similar, or worse damage? I'm just asking. The folks down on Cohen and Quaker Roads in Waynesboro & the Petticoat Junction area over in Aiken Co. are probably in worse shape than these folks. Let's shine the spotlight on all that need help and not cherrypick.

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