Group from Auburn helps in hurricane recovery

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While spring break is a time for students to relax, others are using the time to roll up their sleeves and help hurricane survivors.

As part of a service learning class, some Auburn University students helped residents in Jackson and Calhoun counties.

Lauren Redden, an assistant professor for the McWhorter School of Building Science, said the group tore down a woman's trailer and cleared out the property to make room for a new one.

In another instance, she explained the group built a laundry and utility room for another resident.

"You see it on the news, you hear about numbers, but until you really see it, you see how it impacted somebody's life and their home, it's just surprising. It's awesome to be able to help out," Jacob Vehrs, a student volunteer, said.

Emily Barge, another student, added, "That's right. Well, I was also surprised at the extent of the damage. It's definitely striking to see it in person."

Redden explained how last year, she brought a different group to Texas to help Hurricane Harvey survivors.

"We have some of the best students and the fact that they wanted to use their spring break to go help other people is the reason why I love teaching at Auburn University," Redden said.

The group's last stop will be in Graceville.