Volunteers help rebuild camp damaged by Rita - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Volunteers help rebuild camp damaged by Rita

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

By Victoria Waterman - vwaterman@kplctv.com bio

A camp battered by Hurricane Rita was rebuilt today.  Volunteers from LyondellBasell came together to work on various parts of the camp that had been destroyed or damaged by the Hurricane that blew in after Hurricane Katrina.

The camp's name is Wi-Ta-Wentin (pronounced Wee-tah-when-ten).  Executive Director of Campfire USA, Wayne Bebee says the camp's name means nature, wildlife and integration of children into nature.

This same integration is what made LyondellBasell choose this camp to be the recipient of this year's global care day. The company sets aside one day a year where their employees and their respective families spend time in sixty-five communities in twenty countries where Lyondell has operations.

Amongst the items on the repair list were: plumbing, floor boards, a basketball court and even a highly anticipated fire pit.  Lyondell's event coordinator, Lauren Martinez says that some volunteers had firsthand experience with the camp as previous camp-goers so they were extremely grateful and happy to be able to give back.

And you can tell they were very happy for the help as Bebee expressed that without Lyondell's volunteers, the camp would not have been ready for the summer rush.

It is important to note that not all volunteers were adults, as brothers Garrett and Grant Erbelding told us that they were more than happy to do their part in the cleanup. The youngsters even pointed out that this event was more fun than staying inside, watching TV and playing video games.

The best sum up of the event came from Hwy 108 Lyondell Site Manager Dale Friedrichs. He says that his company was extremely happy with the seventy plus volunteers who came out with their families to serve the Moss Bluff community at large.

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