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Published March 19, 2011, 03:17 PM

Volunteers help out at the last day of palletizing in Moorhead

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - After more than a month of filling, stacking and palletizing, the Fargo-Moorhead area has its sandbags ready for deployment. It is the last day at Volunteer Central in Moorhead and has more on the hundreds of people who helped close out the effort.

It's a common theme with volunteers who have come to help in both Fargo and Moorhead: Many don't have any risk of flooding at their own homes.

REV. PAUL PETERSON - St. Peter's Church - Audubon, MN: “We are able to come and help out our neighbors in the Red Rive Valley and assist them in their fight to save their homes and their property.”

St. Peter's Church brought a crew of 25 people from the Detroit Lakes area to help on this last day of palletizing in Moorhead.

TREVOR TOMCZAK - St. Peter's Church - Audubon, MN: “You have to reach out to people somehow and people won't really know who's doing it, but you'll feel good that you're still doing it.”

Throughout the weeks of volunteer help in Moorhead, truckloads have dumped, refilled, and dumped again. An average of nearly 60 truck loads a day have been stacked, wrapped and moved for storage. Officials say today was one of the busiest days they've seen at the volunteer center.

BRIANNA JOHNSON - St. Peter's Church - Audubon, MN: “I've never sandbagged in my life before and I thought it would be a great experience. So far it's so worth it.”

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