Colts, others volunteer to help Henryville clean up from tornado


Volunteers are helping in the massive cleanup in tornado-hit areas like Henryville, Indiana.

Among them are Colts safety Steve Brown and teammate wide receiver Blair White.

"Let's be honest. Our lives aren't the toughest out there. So coming down and lending a hand is the least we could do," said White. "To actually come out here and see it is a whole different perspective."

"When you see some destruction like that, it makes you appreciate the simpler things. It makes me want to help out as much as I can," said Brown.

The players, along with several Colts cheerleaders, volunteered with about 40 employees from the team's front office. They brought shovels, gloves and tarps to give away to tornado survivors.

While cleaning debris from a torn-up auto shop, a Colts employee found the owner's lost iPod, a gift from his father.

"He gave me this for Christmas in December and he died in February and gave me his truck," said Nick Shelton.

People can also register to volunteer at a local church which is hosting the Convoy of Hope. They have several rooms of supplies, clothes and food.

Convoy of Hope also matches up tornado victims with skilled volunteers.

"Some specialize in tree removal, some in cleaning and construction and plumbing and we are organizing all of those folks," said Pastor Rich Cheek, Convoy of Hope. He's already taking names of people who want to volunteer over the coming months.

The clean-up, although in full force, will take time. It will also take the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to help residents get their lives back to normal.

People who want to volunteer to help tornado victims will need to register first.

Emergency management has opened a volunteer coordination center in downtown Jeffersonville. Anyone who wants to work in the tornado zone needs to register at the center and get a specific assignment to carry out in places like Henryville and Marysville.

Convoy of Hope - Learn how to volunteer

Metro United Way - Another way to volunteer