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Midstate group goes to NJ to "Lend A Hand" to Sandy victims

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It has been three months since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. Thousands of people are still cleaning up and a Midstate organization is lending a helping hand.

A Camp Hill group called Lend A Hand is doing just that.

The organization has gone on disaster relief trips for more than twenty years. They left for New Jersey Sunday afternoon, where they will re-build the homes of hurricane Sandy victims.

About two dozen volunteers from across the Midstate packed vans full of tools and materials.

Although a lot of the debris has been cleaned up, volunteers say the inside of the houses are still a mess. Some of them still have four feet of sand inside.

Most of the volunteers are skilled craftsmen, like electricians and plumbers. They will use their skills free of charge to gut and renovate the homes.

Their mission is not just about restoring homes, it is also about restoring lives.

"The damage that's been done to the peoples' homes and their possessions is much like a death in the family," said Bill Bauer, Office Manager for Lend A Hand. "They've lost all the heirlooms from their relatives."

"I just want to bring hope that there's an end to all of the chaos that's there and just tell the people we're here to help you in any way we can," said Pat Derstler of Lancaster. "It's gonna go beyond just this trip. I hope to make new friends and continually stay in contact."

Lend a Hand will go on one trip each month for the rest of the year. They are looking for volunteers and donations. For more information on how you can help, check out http://www.lendahand.net/.

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