Updated 04/03/2012 11:15 PM
Local effort to help kids recover from the flood
The signs of destruction from Tropical Storm Lee are still visible in the Valley and those affected by the disaster are still recovering. And that recovery process can be even more difficult for children. As our Bill Mich tells us, there is a new effort to bring a national recovery group to the Valley to help some of those children.
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SAYRE, Pa. -- "When a disaster occurs, children try their very best to be good. They know their parents and other adults are struggling, so they stuff a lot of things inside," said Ruth Doty of the Lutheran Disaster Response in Northeast PA.
Because of that reason, recovering from a disaster can prove to be very difficult for a child. September's flood devastated the Valley and months later, the signs of destruction are still visible throughout the region. So the Valley Relief Council wants to make a difference.
"These kids need to get back to something normal. They need to process their feelings and, you know, their fears right now and learn how to deal with them,” said Sonia Lingerfelt of the Valley Relief Council.
And that is where Camp Noah comes in. It is a national organization that travels to areas hit hard by natural disasters to help kids emotionally recover from the event.
"They might be having nightmares. They might be wetting the bed. They might be extra clingy," said Lucinda Brown of the Valley Relief Council.
"Camp Noah has a track record. They've done independent studies to show that symptoms are actually relieved even within that first week of the camp and then it is a lasting effect," said Doty.
The hope is to bring this five day program to the Valley sometime this summer, but it is in need of some community support before that can happen.
"We are looking for somebody to host Camp Noah. We're going to need a building. They're going to need financial help and getting it all geared up and setting a date and getting it going," said Lingerfelt.
The Valley Relief Council held an informational meeting Tuesday night to garner some public interest on the camp and see who was willing to step up to help organize and raise money. The next Camp Noah meeting will be April 19th at the Valley Distribution Center.
To learn more about Camp Noah or how you can get involved, you can call Lucinda Brown of the Valley Relief Council at 607-731-9595, or find the Valley Relief Council on Facebook/LINK>.