Hamilton couple works together as tornado recovery team

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – More people were on the scene Friday to help victims of Wednesday’s tornado.

At the Dobbins’ home, which was destroyed in the tornado, volunteers picked up debris throughout the farm and others piled on wood to areas where the rubble was being burned.

One Hamilton couple was reaching out to the Cedarville community, as they recover from Wednesday’s EF-3 tornado.

Together, Ashley Tate Yoder and Chris Yoder work as a recovery team and have helped hundreds of disaster victims, but this time is different.

The couple first sprung into action in Piner, Kentucky in 2012 and then in Moore, Oklahoma in 2013.

Despite having seen worse devastation at those two locations, they said it’s tougher to deal with this tornado’s effects because it happened at so close to home.

“There’s been definitely some distinct differences. With Moore, it was an entire town, highly populated and things of that nature. There was whole neighborhoods completely demolished, but the thing is that as long as there’s one person hurting, we got to go and help, you know. Yeah, it might have been three or four houses, but this is people’s lives, you know, we have to help them,” said 25-year-old Tate Yoder.

That’s why Friday and throughout the weekend, the Yoders plan to be on the grounds with hundreds of others to lend a hand.

“Well, we always bring plenty of groceries, food, water, the essentials – toothbrushes – things of that nature. And then after we drop all that off we go out into the field,” she said. “What we’re gonna be doing is being moral support for the family as much as we can and then making sure that we get everything that we can out of that house so that they have memories of what time’s past were.”

The couple is encouraging others to join their team.

If you’re interested in volunteering with them, send an email to Ashleys.tate@gmail.com.

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