Essentia Health employees travel to Fargo to help a colleagueFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When three busloads of Essentia Health employees showed up at Sandbag Central today, the volunteers had already put on some mileage. They arrived from Essentia Duluth and Brainerd. Some local Essentia employees put a "face to the flood."
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
As Rachael Boyer quietly filled bags as Sandbag Central today, few of her colleagues knew her story, unaware that two years ago Rachael and her family lost everything in Oakport.
“And our business as well.”
They have been renting since then, anxious to get back to their neighbors. But there have been frustrating obstacles along the way.
RACHAEL BOYER - Flooded Out in Oakport 2009: “We just can't wait to go home. It’s been a long ride. It took a year and a half, and we still didn't settle with FEMA. We just gave up.”
And so it is for the Rachael Boyers, that 250-Essentia Health employees arrived to spend the day, not in the OR or corporate office, but on the front line flood fight.
MARY ENGELS - Essentia Health-Duluth: “Small, we're here for a day. We hope it helps.”
3-busloads, one day of service, and 250 aching backs now headed home. In just four hours, those Essentia workers helped the city of Fargo fill 51,000 sand bags.