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A group of volunteers pitched in at the Morgan Community Center Saturday to assist with the distribution of food and sundry items for victims of the March 2 tornado in Trimble County. Teams of volunteers also helped in storm-stricken areas, according to Rita Davis, Bedford Deputy City Clerk.
Over 100 lunches were delivered to two different tornado damage sites. This is addition to the food that was prepared and served at the Morgan Community Center in Bedford. Henry County Helping Hands, Inc. prepared and served another 60 lunches there. Cathy & Cowboys Gas Station in Eminence donated beverages to take around to the victims and volunteers. Norm’s Food World in Eminence donated the wonderful food for lunches.
Among those lending assistance Saturday was a group of students from Chance School, located at 4200 Lime Kiln Lane in Louisville. Sarah Cummins, is Group Leader of an after school service group called Chance School Roots & Shoots made up of 3rd through 5th graders.
“These students were really concerned about the tornado victims and one even wrote to me asking if we could help,” Cummins told The Trimble Banner in an email. “I found Rita and the Community Center through someone at the Red Cross who told me that they weren’t receiving any assistance from the larger organizations. Once Rita told me about the Trimble County community, how they were affected by the tornadoes and the help that was needed, the school decided to become involved also.”
The effort seemed like something that would require more help than her small group could provide, Cummins said, but the response of families and teachers from the school was incredible.
“On Saturday, we brought 12 children and 18 adult volunteers, including five teachers at Chance School,” Cummins said. “Most of our group from Chance School was able to view the destruction from the one tornado that hit Joyce Mill road and a few volunteers stayed there to help clean up while the rest of us came back to help the families at the community center.”
Donations and workers throughout the Tornado Disaster Relief are UPS, Amazon Fullfillment Center, Chance School of Louisville, Carrollton Federal Bank, Joey and Carla Ginn, Dare to Care Food Bank, Pernell Sausage, Krispy Crème, NAS, Sligo Baptist Church, Emergency Restoration, Estes Express, Greg Heveline and Bedford Fire Department and Trimble County Churches and citizens.
No funds or items of any kind has been donated by the American Red Cross or FEMA, according to Davis.