Amish volunteers helping rebuild after Ike
By Cindy Horswell
Sunday, February 22, 2009
"That is why Fellowship of Christian Farmers organized the relief effort: "Building fences in Texas until the cows come home."
Among the volunteers answering the call have been groups of Amish who learned of the ranchers' plight from their community newsletter in Elkhart and LaGrange counties in Indiana. That's the area that President Barack Obama last week singled out as having the nation's highest unemployment rate.
Many of the 35 Amish volunteers helped out, though they are facing their own financial crises at home. Many have been laid off or had their hours slashed at factories that make recreational vehicles.
Leonard Bontrager, 21, of LaGrange said that he was laid off from his factory job six months ago. "Don't have anything to do at home. So came here," he said.