Lending a Helping Hand

The outpouring of support for the tornado victims here in our region has been unbelievable, and it’s likely that the need for this support will last for months as folks rebuild their lives. Helping those who have suffered enormous loss is our duty as good citizens and our privilege as caring neighbors. And around here we have a history of taking that duty and privilege seriously.

Helping tornado victimsAs we mentioned last week, the Mid-America Science Park (MASP) located in Scottsburg, Indiana has established a community-based volunteer disaster relief center. And if that weren’t enough, the MASP has opened its doors to the 535 displaced students from Henryville Jr-Sr High School, which was devastated by the storm. A temporary cafeteria is now being built at the Scottsburg facility, which will begin serving students three free meals each day when the temporary school opens on April 2. School will continue there until mid-June, when the school year ends.

Generous donations of supplies have already arrived from the Vigo County, IN school system and the Staples Distribution Center in Vigo County. More are expected, too as others reach out with a helping hand—Like Buffy Adams, of Henryville, who is providing backpacks loaded with school supplies for each student.

It’s stories like these that help remind us how lucky we are to be part of such a caring community!