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MARQUETTE – A few students at Northern Michigan University were in the Valentine’s Day spirit, selling roses.

Members of the NMU Relevant group organized a Valentine’s Day sale to raise money for their spring break trip to Taylorville, Illinois. Each year, the group travels to a city in the U.S. that has been recently affected by a natural disaster to help rebuild. Taylorville was hit with an E-F-3 Tornado on December 1, destroying 500 buildings- most of them being homes.

“The fundraisers are good because it helps raise money to help defer some of the cost for it,” said Deborah Heino, Campus Advisor for NMU Relevant. “We still require students to pay something because we’ve found that if they pay out of their pocket, they’re more likely to really throw their heart into the work. If they just go on a free ride then it’s just a vacation that requires a little work.”

The trip is also open to community members with a few spots still open. You can find more information on the group NMU Relevant and their trip by visiting their Facebook page.