Giving continues for tornado victims

HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - No matter how big or small the gift, people just want to do something for the victims of the March 2 tornadoes.

From two 12-year-olds with an idea in Shelby County, Kentucky to a group of seasoned eagles who spread their wings in Indiana.

"It moves everybody when you see this," said Alexandria, Indiana Eagles Club member James King of the aftermath in Henryville," People without homes and kids can't go to school," he asked, "What are they going to do?"

The day after the tornado hit Kentucky and Indiana, two young friends moved to action. "Our hope was, when kids saw us doing what we did, that they would try to help out and follow in our footsteps," said 12-year-old Alex Sea and nearly repeated in unison by her 12-year-old friend Madison Carona.

The two girls worked all day Saturday, making Cross key chains to sell to their congregation at Shelby Christian Church.

"We just sold these for a dollar," Alex said, "and we raised $400, I mean the little things help."

The girls inspired giving. Church members came up with an offering of more than $3 thousand more for tornado victims in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Meanwhile, Eagles member John Montague said of the devastation in Henryville, "Just driving by on Interstate 65, you just can't believe it!"  For the Fraternal Order of Eagles the motto is people helping people.

Bernie Evans, the President of the Jeffersonville Eagles Club added, "It's just hard to think about all these people loosing everything."  The Alexandria Eagles Club banded with their brothers in Jeffersonville, Indiana to come up with a semi truck loaded with supplies.

Alan Stewart of Alexandria said, "It's heart wrenching because we have a good friend that lives up on that hill who lost half his house and we have another friend that lost his house completely."

Next to them in line in Henryville, another simple idea: Chicago resident Eli Argueta who went to Sam's Club and bought as many cleaning supplies as he could get and headed down I-65.

"Oh my God, this is horrible," Argueta said of the tornado damage, "It just motivates you to help more."

"We would like to send a message to the state of Indiana," King told WAVE 3, "Come on, pitch in and help these people out!"

Young Alex added of need to give, "If everybody in America gave just a little bit, then that would raise enough money to build everything back or make a bigger impact than what's already happened."

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