From devastation and destruction to an overwhelming amount of donations

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

"I can't sleep. I cry a lot and sleep not much," says Carrie Lunsford, an East Bernstadt resident.

Lunsford is like many East Bernstadt residents, still in disbelief by what has happened in her hometown,"There were homes, there were people, there were trees, there's just rock now."

Lunsford's home survived the tornado, but due to the damage, she was not able to sleep at home until last night, "I've been staying with people from church. It's just so hard when you have two small children."

Every night, Lunsford comes to the Philpot Chapel in East Bernstadt, where hot meals are being served.

Pastor James Allen says they are able to provide three meals a day to the tornado victims and those that are helping to clean up the mess.

"Yesterday there was 200. We've probably fed that many today," Pastor James adds.

On Saturday morning, the church had just enough food to feed twenty-five people. Now thanks to donations the church is fully stocked with every day necessities.

There are stacks of canned foods, bottles of water piled high, soaps and shampoos. People have even donated school supplies and clothing.

Pastor James believes the outpouring of support after the storm is a good sign of what's to come, "This is going to take time. The churches are going to start filling up. I think it's going to change the community. I think it will turn things around."

People from the Philpot Church are even hand delivering meals to workers that can't leave their job sites, while they help clean up.

Residents from all over the state have driven to East Bernstadt to bring in donations.


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