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Cedar Falls church brings economic stimulus to Postville

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POSTVILLE (KWWL) - This week the community of Postville honored the one year anniversary of one of the biggest immigration raids in U.S. history. Still a year later the town is struggling to survive.

But one Cedar Valley church spent the day in Postville trying to boost spirits. It started with an idea one church member learned in economics class.

Dave Shirk never thought he would use a theory from a college economics class. Until he saw Postville - after the raid. Shirk and more than 50 members of Trinity Bible Church in Cedar Falls are applying the buy local theory of economics - in Postville.

"When you invest in a community and spend money that it recycles about 6 times before it leaves the community," said Patty Foster, a church member.

The group caravan drove from Cedar Falls to Postville - running their gas tanks to empty - with loads of groceries and school supplies.

"We didn't want to just send money or just send food, we wanted to be here, we wanted to let people know that we care about them, we know they're going through a tough time," said Shirk.

After sorting 130 bags of groceries - these travelers filled up at a Postville gas station and spent the afternoon spending money at restaurants and shops in Postville.

"We just wanted to help them out, they need it," said 12-year-old Anton Oelmann.

"So we wanted to infuse some enthusiasm and some cash," said Foster.

"This is hopefully a little shot in the arm for them. We wish we could do more," said Shirk.

As red ribbons stream across town - reminding everyone of Tuesday's anniversary - Blackhawk County license plates are rolling in an economic stimulus.

"No politics. We just wanna help people that are hurting," said Shirk.

And spending cash - to help keep Postville alive. The group hopes to inspire others to make similar trips to Postville - buying groceries, gas and eating at restaurants - all in hopes to help Postville economy bounce back.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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