Thousands pour out to help tornado victims

HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - They've driven from as far away as Joplin, Georgia and Maine, even people who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina have come to help people who lost everything in Henryville.

A staggering steady stream of volunteers poured out to help tornado victims. Robbie Kitchel had one arm in a sling.

"I can do as much as I can do one-handed," Kitchel said, "Then I'll be glad to help."

Many of them came here because they got tired of watching the agony on TV.

"Just story after story," said Kimberly Neal. "I feel like I need to do something."

Alex McCreight broke down when she recounted her reasons for coming. "It's hard, just the images, brought back, excuse me. The images are just so devastating, like you were saying, TV doesn't do it justice. It really doesn't. Seeing it in person really hits it home."

"I couldn't imagine not having my home. I can't imagine not being able to provide for my kids at this time," Neal said.

"All these people who are in need. It's awesome to see all these people come together. Everyone here is willing to put the time in and help these people who lost everything," said McCreight.

More than 2,000 people have signed up to volunteer, but only about 500 have been deployed so far. Officials said that's changing as they realize how much work is really still out there.

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