Community Shows Support for Tornado Victims

By: A.J. Hilton Email
By: A.J. Hilton Email

"We want them to know that we care," said volunteer Jon Nowtske. "We've been having some pretty consistent calls coming in...people trying to help out. "

It's a team effort for members of Real Life Church. They spent Monday bagging clothes, food and toiletries.

Betty Speaks knows first hand the power of the church. She lost her home, built in 1816, and turned to the special community.

"They've offered anything," said Speaks. "Anything from food to pills or medicine to clothes or anything."

Among the organizations assisting displaced residents-- The Salvation Army and the Siren Eaton Shelter, which helps homeless families in Eaton County. The Red Cross is now playing a smaller role in providing disaster relief.

"It's not just about one organization," said Pastor Andy Shaver of Real Life Church. "It's about teamwork. They (Red Cross) really take care of the people really well within the first 72 hours."

The Real Life Church is just one church that will continue to help displaced residents after the Red Cross moves on. They'll help those residents with food, clothing and even hotel vouchers.

"We look at it as almost a united front of organizations saying, 'we're here to help and we're going to make sure that people's needs are met,'" said Shaver.

Pastor Shaver says for those not impacted by Friday's disaster, it's easy to forget about those who no longer have a place to call home.

"It's going to be weeks and months before these people get restored to the place they were before," said Shaver.

Every bit of food or extra clothing is helping those without a home restore a bit of themselves.


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