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Goshen workers head to Oklahoma for tornado relief help

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 29, 2013 at 6:50 p.m.

GOSHEN — Six Lippert Components employees hit the road Wednesday afternoon, May 29, to go help tornado relief efforts in Moore, Okla.

The effort was the brainchild of Rich Furner, who works in quality control for the RV parts supply company. After seeing coverage of the storm that killed two dozen people, destroyed an elementary school and flattened neighborhoods May 20, he contacted the company’s CEO, Jason Lippert, asking if he could organize a company effort. “He jumped on board right away,” said Furner in a company announcement about the effort.

The six employees from plant 45, led by Furner and Matt Nead, service manager, took the company RV and donations from the company employees, supplies from Mishawaka Walmart employees and $4,000 worth of donated supplies from area DAV chapters.

They’ll stay in the RV at Antioch Christian Church through Monday, June 3, helping to clean up debris and track down personal belongings for families.

Jake Lenhart, work crew coordinator for Antioch, said the volunteer efforts are critical. “When you pick up the debris, you are literally helping them pick up the pieces of their lives,” he said.

Furner said the trip fulfills a desire he’s had before. “I have always wanted to help out in these types of situations and never really had an opportunity,” he said.