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Volunteers band together to help Kokomo tornado survivors

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An army of volunteers from all over the city and state are making a difference in Roger Lytle's backyard. An army of volunteers from all over the city and state are making a difference in Roger Lytle's backyard.
KOKOMO -

From Lafayette to Kokomo, the damage from Sunday's storms is extensive. People's homes, businesses and communities have been torn apart. But they're being cleaned up and put back together thanks to the help of hundreds of volunteers.

In Kokomo, people are giving their time to help neighbors and total strangers.

Through a chorus of chainsaws and through each branch cleared, you can see and hear the progress in Kokomo.

"We just come out and lend a hand. Try and do all we can do," said one volunteer.

An army of volunteers from all over the city and state are making a difference in Roger Lytle's backyard.

"Today these people literally came out of nowhere. I had no idea I'd be seeing this," he said.

This is truly a coalition of strangers. They include Amish from near Greentown and neighbors from a few streets away.

"Pretty horrible everywhere. This is one of the worst neighborhoods," said another volunteer.

The people who are helping out know they could very well have needed volunteers themselves.

"Honestly we got pretty lucky ourselves. It hit three blocks from us, so we just want to reach out. Everybody's going to need help these days," said Sarah Radabaugh, Kokomo.

"People that have never volunteered are coming out. And some people cry and they just love - you know, they feel good about it, they're serving, they're giving back, they're not thinking about themselves," said Sgt. Jim Goodlite, volunteer coordinator.

Kokomo Police and several non-profits are organizing individuals and turning them into a cohesive group.

"I don't know how'd we survive without their help. That's for sure," said Lytle.

A group that, in many ways, is getting just as much from giving as those who are receiving.

Want to volunteer? Call: 765-452-5723

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