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Volunteers help ease recovery process in Nabb

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Volunteers gather and distribute supplies in Nabb. Volunteers gather and distribute supplies in Nabb.
Volunteers go online to request items for donation, if necessary. Volunteers go online to request items for donation, if necessary.
David Cox is overcome by emotion as he looks over his losses. David Cox is overcome by emotion as he looks over his losses.
Lynsay Gabehart was looking forward to her high school prom and graduation. Lynsay Gabehart was looking forward to her high school prom and graduation.

While storm victims begin the recovery process, volunteers are helping make the process a little bit easier.

Nabb is a small community with a lot of suffering. One person was killed, more than a dozen homes were destroyed.

"They (are) all gone," said David Cox.

Cox lost his house, so did his son. There is little left for a family with two small children. Still, Cox laughed a little bit, before the emotion took over.

"What else you gonna do? I can't hardly do it," he said, breaking down.

Across the field, there is not much left of Gregory Gabehart's place.

"I ain't got nothing. I've got my two cars, my two vehicles. That's all I've got," Gabehart said.

Gregory and his teenage daughter, Lyndsay, are living in a friend's RV. The high school senior was looking forward to the prom and high school graduation - not this.

"You never expect this to happen to you, until it does. You just gotta rely on friends and family and stuff to pull you through," Lyndsay said.

While the Gabeharts were talking with Eyewitness News, Mike McCord arrived with lunch and lots of questions.

"Do you need any fuel?" McCord asked.

McCord and 150 other volunteers are collecting and distributing help by the ton. Essential supplies are going out as fast as they arrive. Along one wall is stacked pet food, shovels, rakes, flashlights, cleaning supplies, hats and socks. There are also bins filled with basic supplies a family of four needs to get through a couple days.

If the Scottsburg-based operation doesn't have what tornado victims need, volunteers go online and solicit donations on Facebook.

"We have not been able to not meet a specific need that someone has had," said McCord.

In fact, the boots, hoses and gasoline Gabehart requested were out the door and on their way within an hour of his request.

"We're doing everything we can to help and we've got a tremendous amount of volunteers," McCord said.

"Scott County and the surrounding communities has done a great job of getting us anything we've asked for. We have all the immediate need type of things that you would think in a disaster, but we've had a community and the outpouring to us is if we have a specific need, people are meeting that need. Everything from animal feed for some of the farmers that are affected, to a generator," McCord said.

"They don't have vehicles or ways to get out here, so we are taking trucks, getting people who will sign up that are willing to go out where these people are impacted and hand-delivering the items they need," he added.

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