Volunteers help Marysville residents rebound from storms

Volunteers from Indiana and other states are helping Marysville residents.

Volunteers continue to stream into the tornado-ravaged areas of southern Indiana.

Marysville is not the same place it was a little more than a week ago. The playground behind the old Marysville school is one of the few things standing.

For five decades, Helen Pettit has been a witness to the changes in Marysville. She remembers when the town had hundreds of people.

"I would say about 100, 125," she said.

But today, the town is filled with volunteers.

"We had three people come up here today, two of them from Indiana, the other Kentucky. Total strangers," Pettit said.

Pettit uses her cousin's hand to steady her in the rubble. She and her husband lost everything. Volunteers like a Boy Scout troop from Clinton County are helping find - or throw away - the town's past.

"Even though we are down here helping, I think that there is so much more we could do. We just need to find a way to do it," one of the volunteers said.

The boys could be doing what any teenager would do on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They decided to pitch in.

"We could always use more volunteers. I'd say especially with a disaster of this scale, you can never have too many hands," a volunteer said.

The spirit of the disaster has moved even younger, like the Kaiser kids.

"We felt really bad for the kids, so we made these for the kids," one of the Kaisers said.

They know what kids need and went door-to-door, raising $1,000 to fill bags with kid essentials.

"We have, like, Barbie, puzzles. We have, like, clay, we have airheads," the girl said.

The American Red Cross will hand out the other 60 bags. A lot of the heavy lifting is handled by state highway crews and the Department of Correction, but they can only do so much.

"It is so close to home and we are Hoosiers and we wanted to help our Hoosiers," one woman said.

Christel and her friends drove down from Indy. She is pushing a wheelbarrow for the first time.

"We are gonna say until they tell us we have to leave," she said.

That is the spirit, the hands and feet, that will put people like Helen Pettit and her family back on their feet.