Allen Co. church members help clean-up hardest hit Howard Co.

KOKOMO, Ind. (WANE) – On the third day of clean-up, different church members from Allen County and Northeast Indiana headed to the hardest hit area in Wednesday’s outbreak of tornadoes, Howard County. They went to a neighborhood across the street from Markland Mall, where the Starbucks was destroyed.

In the neighborhood, cars were flattened and homes were left with barely their frames. One of the only things left of Carolyn Crockett’s home is the closet she hid in when Wednesday’s tornadoes came through.

“All I heard was the crash of the tree coming down,” she said.

Photo of the damage caused by tornadoes in Kokomo, Ind. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Nikolas WIlliams)
Photo of the damage caused by tornadoes in Kokomo, Ind. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Nikolas WIlliams)

Since then, hundreds of volunteers have come to Kokomo to help with the cleaning up.

“It means a lot,” Crockett said.

This weekend The Three Nails Project brought church members around Allen County and northeast Indiana.

“Three Nails Project is a non-profit, faith-based disaster response and rebuild team,” Regional Director Jim Hall said.

The volunteers aren’t just helping move the debris. A family from County Line Church brought the fuel.

“Someone had mentioned to not expect any food, to bring your own or go into town,” Michael Walters said.

So, Walters and his family got places like Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne and Golden Corral to donate some food for the workers.

“I called around and asked if we could get any donations for simple things like hot dogs, buns and water,” Walters said.

It’s an opportunity he’s thankful for.

“[Our church is] very community-service orientated,” Walter said. “They really get out there and do things in the community that it doesn’t just stop at the walls or parking lot.”

The group will be in Kokomo until Sunday evening.

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