Giving in time of need

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TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Volunteers with the Lutheran Disaster Response Team cut away at the damage from last week’s tornado. Stephen Born is the coordinator for Lutheran Disaster Response.

“We’re doing debris cleanup, comfort dog ministry, chainsaw work and removing soiled and damaged furniture,” said Born.

Volunteers from about six states and 91 cities helped. Together they cleaned around 30 homes.

“Just let people know that there are others who are out there to help you,” said Born.

About 200 volunteers showed up to help and a few of the ones here were also impacted by the tornado.

“Damage to the front. I have two broken windows, and just damage all around,” said Mary Drnjevic.

Drnjevic isn’t in this alone.

“A lot of people in Taylorville that were hurt,” said Nancy Montgomery.

Montgomery has a hole in her roof. Her storage shed was destroyed and a tree in her yard completely uprooted. She’s fine. She’s volunteering and calls herself one of the lucky ones.

“I have a lot of friends that had a lot more damage than I did, and I think it’s just, it shows what a strong town we are,” said Montgomery.

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