Area Tornado Victims Are Getting a Big Lift From Some Volunteers
(NEAR CORRECTIONVILLE, IA) Area tornado victims are getting a big lift from some volunteers who are doing things a strong back and a good heart can not accomplish.
Friday's twisters scattered debris for miles and some of the cleanup requires heavy lifting and sifting. The group is called Global Compassion Network and it's a non-profit organization based out of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and it brings along heavy equipment to clean up the bigger things and lend support to families in need.
From bags to brooms and a whole lot of love - volunteers work tirelessly to cleanup the mess from Friday's tornado. But there's really only so much a person's hands and body strength can do. That's where the heavy equipment comes in.
"When I pulled up here the other night and talked to the family we had our truck and our trailer with our skid steer on the back and I said do you guys need some help? And they kind of stood back a little bit thinking ok you're a scam and I said, we would love to come and help we'll bring our equipment and we'll move these trees," said Sherri Kubly, a Volunteer with Global Compassion Network.
Sherri left a card with Wayne and Debi Sadler, owners of the house and after doing a little research on the organization, the Sadler's welcomed the help and boy did they get it. Folks from Global Compassion Network and students from high schools in the area.
What makes this house a little bit different than the others, is all of the trees. About 90% of them were snapped in half and scattered all over the ground.
"We use skid loaders and grapples and either track machines or foam filled tires and we have an excavator, so when we show up with that, you can see all the high school kids working here today and we can make them much more affective," said Dennis Anderson, Global Compassion Network Director of Domestic Disaster Relief.
The main house was built around 1900 and even though the roof has been ripped off the house remains standing. The Sadler's had another home on the same property and it was completely destroyed; the basement is all that's left.
"We picked up the house out in the grove. I guess they built things little better back in the day," said Anderson.
Luckily, the house is structurally sound and the Sadler's plan on restoring this very sentimental home to its former glory.
The Sadler's daughter said when the tornado warnings started popping up on TV she called her parents to get them into the basement. She said her mom was cooking a pizza at the time and told her they'd go down but the pizza better still be there when she gets back.
Of course when they got out of that basement almost nothing was left. They flashed a light into the stove and the pizza stone was there but that pizza was gone. Just a glimmer of humor in a very tough situation.
A relief fund has been set up through the United Bank of Iowa in Kinsley, Iowa. It's under Wayne and Debi Sadler. Donations can be called in mailed or given in person.