Iowans step up to help hurricane Ida victims

Published: Sep. 5, 2021 at 11:00 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Cosgrove Hustlers 4-H Group out of Johnson County is packing up supplies to head to Louisiana to help out Hurricane Ida victims. Among the group, the Christner family loaded up a U-Haul with food, water, and hygiene items to take to Louisiana. The family knows firsthand how it feels to fall on hard times.

“Our family specifically we live in a camper, we lost our home at the beginning of July, and when we saw all the victims from Hurricane Ida, we decided that it was really super important to try to help out other people,” Misty Christner said.

Joe Christner rented a U-Haul and the family went to Facebook to ask for donations family was overwhelmed by the community support.

“We know what it’s like to sit in a position where we need help and where it’s good to know other people care, and so we just want to make sure that all of the victims down in Louisiana specifically where we’re headed that we care, and that we love them and that we want to help,” Misty Christner said.

Joe and Misty’s daughters also volunteered for the cause.

“We’re collecting sanitary items, food items, animal items, anything in that sort,” Mckenzie Burnett said.

If asked if they would help again, Cosgrove Hustlers said it would do it in a heartbeat.

“This is definitely more than we expected and more than our goal was originally,” Misty Christner said. “And we’re just really grateful. We’re just really grateful”

The Family plans to leave at 4 a.m. to make a trip all the way to Louisiana to help out people in need.

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