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Volunteers fill buckets for Sandy victims

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Many midstaters were spared the full wrath of Hurricane Sandy, now volunteers are helping those who weren't so lucky.

At Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, volunteers are working hard to help those in need. Right now, they're focused on the victims of the October Superstorm. It all starts with a bucket.

Seventeen-year-old Josh Darhower spent the afternoon packing, but not for himself. He filled buckets for storm victims.

"We have hard gloves like this so they can work outside and latex gloves to use inside," he said. "We give them sponges so they can scrub all over the house."

Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast hard and shattered lives. That's where Mission Central steps in. The giant warehouse in Cumberland County is filled with donations. Volunteers are hard at work making disaster kits like flood buckets filled with cleaning supplies.

It may not sound like much when you think about all the destruction Sandy has caused, but the little things matter too.

"It signifies to the person coming back to this devastated home that somebody cares, to show up with this little package of something to start with," said Rev. Rob Visscher, executive director Mission Central.

The group has already completed 5,500 buckets and now they're packing to make thousands more, but to complete the mission they need things like bug spray, household cleaner, and laundry detergent.

"We're responding as fast as we can with as many as we need," said Visscher.

Darhower has packed hundreds of buckets all by himself. He says whenever he gets bored, he thinks of the good that will come from this.

"We don't have to do this, no one does, but that's just how these people are and that's pretty cool, I think," he said.

The completed buckets will be sent to the Atlantic City area in the next couple of days.

Volunteers are also putting together health kits with towels, soap, and toothbrushes, but they still need toothpaste. If you would like to donate, you can drop them off at Mission Central at 5 Pleasant View Drive in Mechanicsburg.

For more information: call 766-1533 or visit their website, www.missioncentral.org/.

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