Omaha Public Radio News
11:21 am
Thu September 3, 2009

9/11 survivors, victims' families to help rebuilding efforts at Little Sioux Scout Camp

Little Sioux, IA – The Little Sioux Scout Camp is getting help with rebuilding from a group of 9/11 survivors.

The New York Says Thank You Foundation plans to bring 20 FDNY members, Ground Zero workers, victims' families, and financial district workers to Little Sioux starting Friday. They'll be building a chapel at the north shelter of the Scout Camp. That's where four Scouts were killed when a tornado devastated the camp June 11, 2008.

Jeff Parness, Founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation, says they feel a connection to the Camp and what happened there last summer. Parness says the stories of Scouts rescuing other Scouts brought back memories of the rescue efforts on 9/11.

Parness says the number of volunteers helping with foundation projects grows each year. He says people from other towns affected by disasters join with the Foundation to help rebuild other devastated areas.

The lumber being used to build the chapel came from trees at the Camp that were taken down from the tornado. Sunday, the chapel will be dedicated. A flag from 9/11 that was repaired last year by Greensburg, Kansas residents will be part of the ceremony.