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Volunteers cook for Merrill victims

MERRILL (WAOW) -- Day after day a group of volunteers at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Merrill helps feed the hungry with hope.

Volunteer Dawn Wallace says, "We've been cooking three meals a day for at least 500 at a time."

From hot dogs to hot soup, they keep those in tornado-ravaged Merrill full so they can focus.

"We send some out with the Salvation Army and they deliver some, and we have church members that are delivering the other meals," Wallace said.

It's been a tough week for workers at Northern Wire still cleaning up from the storm. They pulled the roof off a portion of the building earlier this week, and the work hasn't stopped.

"We had to use a crane and all kinds of guys-pretty dangerous work. But we got it off, got it on the ground, and we got it all so they're up and running over there," said Casey Opper a Northern Wire employee.

But the food as fuel, delivered from the hands of St. John's helpers, has made a world of difference.

"For the devastation it feels really good to finally sit down take a break. Really good to talk with everybody, and it makes working a lot easier when they appreciate you and tell you thank you and have a little dinner," Opper said.

A different kind of impact following mother nature's furry. It's helping those who are tired and troubled weather the storm.

"I think a lot of miracles happen and you really should be praying. They need a lot of help and a lot of prayers," Wallace said.

The volunteers will continue to cook as long as they're needed. The drivers take specific routes to get to certain folks each day. If you'd like to help, volunteers are in need of sliced ham for warm sandwiches and hamburger meat for barbecue-ing. Those items can be dropped off right at the church.


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