Volunteers step up to help tornado victims

Family loses everything in Cedarville tornado. (WDTN Photo)
Family loses everything in Cedarville tornado. (WDTN Photo)

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN ) – For one Cedarville family the effort to restore their memories and home is difficult.

Many community members joined the effort to sift through the rubble today, searching for keepsakes.

Beairshelle: “What do you want to tell this community and the many people who’ve come out here to help you and your family?

Rodger Dobbins: Thank you, I’m just overwhelmed, just, uh, people won’t understand unless it happened you.”

Dobbins walked through what used to be his home. He says the community is helping with his recovery.

He found special things like his watch and wedding ring thanks to total strangers.

People like Merry Strandrige who hopped in a car with her daughter to help.

“We’ve seen the devastation in Joplin and West Liberty and we’ve been there and we kind of know what to expect when we come out so we just wanted to help out, it looked really bad,” said Merry Standridge, Spinning Road Baptist Church Relief Team.

Others say they experienced the tornado in ’74 and community support got them through it.

“We had this done to us 30 years ago and it’s just the right thing to do just you know pay it forward I guess. It’s just the right thing to do,” said Louis McDorman, neighbor.

Dozens of local farm co-op members have also been on site.

They say it’ll take years to put the Dobbins’ home back together, but they’re here for the long haul.

“We’ll right now we’re kind of playing it by ear and starting in one corner and spreading out and it’s like moving mountains, moving a shovel full at a time so you just start and keep going til you get done,” said Jim Corbet, TruPoint Co-op member.


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