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March 3, 2013

BOUNCING BACK: Charitable assistance nearly complete, but still needed



Even with the closure of the warehouse, collection-site donations that were received after the fact, including money, were distributed to needy families. But another obstacle prevented the volunteers that had collected a warehouse full of donations from getting them to who was in need.

“We did all that we could do,” Blake said. “However, so many people were wiped out they had nowhere to put stuff. They were going to need it later on.”



Later on still has not arrived for some families affected by the tornadoes, but it’s getting close.

Kaitlyn Roper, her boyfriend Jeff Johnson and their family are waiting for a new trailer to be finished so they can move back in. When the tornadoes came through Henryville on the afternoon of March 2, Roper said neither she nor Johnson were in the couple’s trailer off of Vest Road. She said they were at a friend’s house and her stepdaughter Auna, 9, was at school.

“That was kind of nerve-wracking,” she said of waiting to hear that everyone was OK.

When the couple went back out to the trailer after the storms, they found holes in the roof from the large hail that preceded and followed the tornadoes and water damage in the trailer.

“It was a little stressful and we didn’t have anywhere to go,” Roper said.

March2Recovery was able to step in and get the family, —which has since seen the addition of another member, 1-month-old Brantley — into a temporary home. 

Roper said March2Recovery has found a new trailer for the family and they’re waiting for it to be finished. In addition, they were able to set the family up with baby clothes and a crib, and they received a donation of $1,100 from an Amish community in Ohio.

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