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Volunteers reach out to rural tornado victims

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Volunteers mobilized to distribute basic necessities to tornado survivors. Volunteers mobilized to distribute basic necessities to tornado survivors.
Volunteer cook Jonah Beyer of Austin, Texas made hot cakes. Volunteer cook Jonah Beyer of Austin, Texas made hot cakes.
CLARK COUNTY -

Volunteers are reaching out to victims of Friday's tornado who live away from the larger towns that were struck.

Red Cross workers are driving to the more rural areas, loaded with free food for tornado victims and volunteers. Along county roads in southern Indiana, there are pockets of destruction and heaps of debris.

"They are glad to see us. They want something cold to drink in the morning and something warm and good in the afternoon," said Red Cross worker Kenny Settles.

The volunteers at the First Baptist Church are making a difference, too. More than 50 Target employees unloaded and sorted two tractor trailers full of donations going to people off the beaten path of the tornado-hit areas.

"We can come up and help clean up today and we get to go home and have dinner with our family and watch TV, but these people are in a limbo right now," said Jerry Moffitt.

The clean-up at homes totally wiped out by the storms will take time, so the immediate needs are the main focus, especially for families sifting through debris.

In addition to dealing with the debris, the victims are dealing with downed power lines, which means no electricity and no hot meals, except for the generosity of some volunteers. Volunteer cook Jonah Beyer of Austin, Texas made hot cakes as cook Tim Clark from Columbia, South Carolina prepared a donated pig on his huge roaster.

"If there is a need there, we are glad to serve and everything is free and they can come back as often as they like," said Clark.

"It's heartbreaking, but that is why we are here, to love on folks and try to be the light," Beyer said.

Outside of Henryville, there are some stories of destruction and survival that will not get told, but the need for help is still there.

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