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Lancaster County group receives money raised through "12-12-12" concert for Hurricane Sandy victims

Written by Megan Lello | Jan 15, 2013 4:00 AM

(Far Rockaway, Queens) -- Many central Pennsylvania residents may have watched the recent "12-12-12" concert to help benefit Hurricane Sandy victims on TV. But for one Lancaster County group, the event's playing a meaningful role in its work. 

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Lititz-based Mennonite Disaster Service has been selected to receive $150,000 from the money raised by the concert.

Executive Director Kevin King says he first heard from the Robin Hood Relief Fund, the group that organized the concert, after it came into contact with some MDS volunteers in the Queens section of New York City in the wake of the October storm.

He says the money will help buy building supplies, and also set up a place where volunteers from out-of-town can rest. "We're building a campsite up here with kitchen trailers, shower trailers, and bunk houses for people to stay overnight so that they can come on a Sunday night and stay through Friday evening. That'll increase work production greatly."

King says conditions are still poor in the Queens area where he volunteers, as many homeowners haven't been able to clear out their flood-ravaged houses yet.

He says donations can be made online or sent to the organization at 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

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