Volunteers helping Henryville

HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Hundreds of volunteers from all over the country have gone to southern Indiana to answer the call for help.

"We're a family in Henryville," said Amanda Biesel.

Biesel was one of the lucky ones, the tornado spared her home. Dozens of other families in Henryville weren't so fortunate.

Homes were reduced to piles of debris and vehicles could be found twisted into trees.

Volunteers spent Sunday trying to help victims pick up the pieces.

"I don't think there's barely over 2,500 people in this city and there's probably more than that just in volunteers coming to help,"  said Louisville resident Brian Smith.

Trucks, trailers, and even school buses were loaded with supplies to take to those in need.

"Volunteer just to see the relief on people's faces like 'wow I have a toothbrush, I can brush my teeth or I have water,'" Biesel said.

At Henryville Community Church, a basketball court was transformed to a supply bank and a church fellowship hall looked more like an aisle at the grocery store.

"You can come in and grab a shopping cart if you need toothpaste, a toothbrush, if you need deodorant, shaving cream, all that stuff is in there," Biesel continued. "We have trash cans, we have storage boxes, we have trash bags."

Right next to the church is the town's high school gym. One of the walls is nearly gone. On Sunday, rival high school basketball players were there to support the home team.

"We got a little bit over $400 to give to the church and then we collected a Uhaul trailer full, a half a trailer, and a 12 passenger van full of clothes, water, baby food, diapers just all kinds of stuff they'll need," said Ashley Elliot.

Elliot and her teammates used Facebook as a way to collect money and clothes for victims.

Up the road at Country Lake Retreat Center, volunteers were just as busy- not only helping victims, but those who came from far away to help.

"We will be serving dinner in the evening, breakfast in the morning, and providing a bed for them to sleep in. We have 344 beds," said director Ross Knecht.

Volunteers are helping the town clean up one baby step at a time. With every foot forward it's one away from the destruction, the loss, and the heartache.

"You don't see a lot of the good stuff that happens until something like this comes up," Brian Smith said.

Biesel said she's moved to see so much support, but it doesn't surprise her to see so many people of Henryville come together.

"This is what we do. When something comes up we all come together and help each other out," Biesel said.

WAVE 3 has received several calls, emails, and Facebook posts from people who want to volunteer or donate. You can find information on our homepage.

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