A Bloomington church is gearing up to assist those affected by Friday’s devastating tornadoes.
Boxes of food and supplies fill the walk-in area of Vineyard Community Church on Walnut Street Wednesday, a day before the church plans to distribute the goods to the residents of Henryville.
Many of the town’s citizens lost their homes and belongings to last week’s tornado. Pastor David Schunk believes it is a matter of principle and religious virtue to give others the help he would expect in the same situation.
“What if you went home yesterday and found everything gone, just absolutely, everything you own, gone,” Schunk says. “You’d need help, we would need help, so we’re just helping people that are in need.”
He says he hopes to make future trips to the area as well.
“Often when a disaster takes place, everyone rushes for help right away and then people lose interest,” he says. “We want to keep this on the forefront, because it’s gonna take more than a week or two. As long as the supplies come in, we’ll take them down.”
Several members of the church will leave Thursday for Henryville, also making stops at rural homes.
Salvation Army disaster services director Jerry Larsen says more than $300,000 has been raised across the state for tornado victims. He says 3 checks totaling $90,000 was given to folks in New Albany and another $50,000 is on the way to victims in Ripley county.
Larsen says the first round of assistance will help people with basic needs like clothing and personal items.