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Dawson Springs High School serves as a hub for tornado relief supplies

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DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WFIE) – Dawson Springs Jr./Sr. High School on Eli Street is the tallest building standing in Dawson Springs, so when the tornado hit the building served as a refuge for survivors.

Residents say the center has changed their lives.

“I still have my house, but my sister lost her house and everything in it, then my best friend was taken out of his mobile trailer and it took him to American Legion and he was found. under the rubble, ”Dawson Springs resident Susan Orten said. “We just couldn’t ask people to help us anymore. I am so grateful. “

Since the night of the storm, people have come from near and far to provide supplies and volunteer their time.

“We were bringing people in that night for sorting, patching them up and getting them out as quickly as possible,” said Dawson Springs High School principal Todd Marshall. “We also brought in people who needed to be transferred elsewhere and who were displaced because their homes had been completely destroyed. It was at this point that it was discussed that it would essentially become a hub for materials that the community would need. “

Every room in the school was stocked with food, clothing, medical supplies, toys and more.

“To say it was a zoo is probably an understatement, but it was a really good zoo,” said Derek Somerville, a volunteer from Georgia. “I saw a lot of smiley faces, I think when people came to get relief and they were able to get it, I mean both in terms of what they could get out of. here and how they felt, that’s what we were looking for. At one point last week we had well over 1,000 people walked through that door. “

In preparation for the return of students to school, any remaining items will be redistributed to other areas that may need supplies. The volunteers say they won’t quit.

“We plan to return in February as soon as we find out what these people need,” said Tom Senft, an Ohio volunteer. “We’re going back to load up supplies and bring them with us. “

“It’s just – it’s amazing what people have come from all over for help, and I just wish the best for everyone,” Orten said.

Students return to high school on January 18.

The redistribution process will begin this week.

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