On July 3rd, the city of Bemidji, MN was hit by a powerful storm that knocked down thousands of trees by the 80+ mph winds, damaging many homes and destroying large portions of forest. As time went by, there still remained several households in need of assistance and county 9-1-1 Supervisor and Emergency Management Director Beryl Wernberg made a request to NECHAMA for help.
On September 12th, a small team from NECHAMA traveled up to Bemidji, MN and got to work. Our team was able to successfully clear hazardous free-standing and downed trees from five homes in the area. By the end of response trip they had felled 19 trees and cut up another 62, helping residents accomplish what they were not able to do on their own.
Area Resident and NECHAMA client Barbara S. had this to say about our work:
"I paid a tree crew $700 to remove three trees immediately after the storm, but could not afford to spend more to finish the rest. As a widow on Social Security, this [NECHAMA’s help] is a major saving for me. It certainly carries out the meaning of your name, which I learned means ‘comfort’ in Hebrew. Thank you so much for making that comfort available to me."
Thank you to those who gave to help support our ongoing efforts within the state of Minnesota and throughout the rest of the country. Without you, we would not be able to bring comfort to the countless residents affected by natural disasters every year.