Volunteers Help Tornado-Ravaged Harveyville

By: KAKE News Email
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UPDATE: Thursday, March 1, 2012

Connie Eddy was one of the lucky few in Harveyville who's home was not destroyed by Tuesday night's EF-2 tornado.

"We are so fortunate. My grandson lives with us and none of us were hurt. We know all the people in Harveyville and they're really struggling. Some of them don't have a place to live, don't have family, so it's really hard," said Eddy.

She joined more than 500 volunteers on Thursday to help clean up Harveyville.

"The amount of support that's showed up today is just tremendous. I grew up in this area, lived in Harveyville for a few years. It's just awesome. We have people from all over the state," said Bill Clark, a volunteer organizer in Eskridge.

Residents in the small town were overwhelmed by the support of friends, neighbors, and strangers.

"It shows that there are people out there that truly care. I've just been just amazed at how far people have traveled to come and help us," said Steve Jackson, who grew up in Harveyville.

Volunteers from all over Kansas and other states came to help residents in Harveyville pick up the pieces from the destruction.

"Hopefully what we're doing today gives them a sense of hope, kind of relief from what happened," said Chance Walters, high school volunteer from Salina.

If you'd like to volunteer, the work hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

All volunteers need to report to Mission Valley School, 12913 Mission Valley Road in Eskridge.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Volunteers will be able to begin helping Harveyville recover from a destructive tornado.

Emergency officials say anyone wanting to work in the town can check in at the Mission Valley School in Eskridge beginning Thursday.

Only residents were allowed into the town Wednesday after a tornado severely damaged the small Wabaunseee County town Tuesday night.

The United Way says volunteers will need to sign liability release forms. They will receive wrist bands and hear a safety briefing before being taken to Harveyville.

The United Ways also says no clothing donations are needed at this time.


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