Local volunteers do their part to provide relief to tornado stricken south

By: Paul Murphy; Rich Molina Email
By: Paul Murphy; Rich Molina Email

Strong storms spawned numerous fatal tornadoes throughout the south on Wednesday. The damage and death toll from those tornadoes continues to climb.

It took just hours for one local group to start getting phone requests for help.

And soon, Feed the Hungry started mobilizing, sending truck after truck of supplies to Alabama.

Feed the Hungry is certainly in go mode and so is the American Red Cross.

Two volunteers from the Red Cross are headed to the south.

Peter Cavadini, a South Bend native, is headed to Mississippi where he will serve as a public affairs supervisor. He deployed Friday afternoon.

He talked about what he would like to say to people in Michiana.

Cavadini said, "I would ask them to think back into our neighborhood's past. We've had some bad tornadoes, so, if you think about it, we have an inkling of what it's like to go through that. I would ask them to remember what we've been through, and then think about our neighbors down south."

At Feed the Hungry, their warehouse is staying busy.

Thursday, they loaded up nearly 80,000 lbs of food and water.

Everyone says they feel compelled to help, not just in the short term, but for as long as it takes.

Cavadini said, "I think we have a duty to help one another, and this is just part of it, you know, I'll do what I can"

Volunteer Stefan Radelich said, "We've seen it happen over and over again, disaster strikes, cameras are there, crews are there, it's being reported, people are emotionally connected. But then, a few days or a week or two goes by and it's forgotten. This clean-up process is going to take some time, so just continue to support organizations that are working right there amongst the rubble, to bring relief and to bring some hope."

And of course you can always volunteer your time with the Red Cross and eventually get sent on relief missions to help those in need.

For now, though, the best way you can help folks on the front lines is to donate.

You can help the Red Cross by texting Red Cross at 90999 to make a $10 donation to the relief efforts.

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