EUSTIS — A North Lake County family received an early holiday surprise on Thursday when Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) donated a manufactured home to the unsuspecting couple.
Julian and Jayne Kepler of 41626 Apollo Lane, DeLand, were on LASER’s waiting list for assistance after their home received significant damage during the 2004 hurricanes. To replace the damaged home, LASER donated a home to the couple.
“This is the fourth home that LASER has donated to survivors from the Groundhog Day tornadoes of Feb. 2, 2007, and the 2004 hurricanes,” said Michael Tart, Executive Director of LASER.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners created LASER shortly after the devastating effects of the 2004 hurricanes. As a registered 501c3, not-for-profit organization, LASER’s mission is to strengthen recovery efforts from any disaster in Lake and Sumter counties. LASER conducts these operations through a coordinated communitywide approach, which provides for the immediate and long-term unmet needs of local citizens. In addition, as a not-for-profit organization, LASER has the ability to accept private and public donations to fulfill unmet needs of residents.
Since its inception, LASER has assisted more than 95 cases from the Groundhog Day tornadoes, as well as 75 cases from the Eustis tornado on Sept. 21, 2007, and five from the trio of hurricanes in 2004. LASER is also in the process of assisting survivors from Tropical Storm Fay, which impacted Lake County on Aug. 21, 2008. The agency has more than 50 cases to address from Tropical Storm Fay.
“To handle these 50 new cases, LASER is in dire need of donations to assist these survivors,” Tart said.
For more information about LASER, call (352) 483-1029 or log on to www.laserfl.com. Donations to LASER can be made through the Web site or by sending a check to: Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery, Inc. (LASER) 27 E. Pinehurst Blvd. Suite B, Eustis, FL 32726.