Unsung Hero: Tornado Volunteers

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By Ashley Smith
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MASSAC COUNTY -- Dozens of homes are now scattered through the town of Brookport after a deadly tornado touched down Sunday.  Now those living there have to pick up the pieces, but they're not doing it alone.

"We want to let them know that we're trying to get things back to normal as quickly as we can," said Jana Norton with Brookport Elementary School.
 
"It's going to be a long road, but there's a lot of people here to help," said Amanda McKinney. Amanda is helping give donations out of an old skating rink in Metropolis.
 
"You just get that feeling that there are people out there and I'm ok and I need to do something for these people," said Christina McManus who is volunteering at the Red Cross shelter in Metropolis.
 
At the First Baptist Church in Metropolis, volunteers have been helping victims of the tornado since Sunday. They provide food, shelter, showers, and even hygiene products.
 
Patti Gregory and her husband went to the church Sunday afternoon as soon as they heard people needed help.
 
"I like being in the kitchen and all these people, we just have a good time, but then it's an opportunity to share with people." said Patti. "And when they come in they need somebody to talk to, and if we're not busy we come out and talk to them."
 
These volunteers try to provide a sense of home in the Red Cross shelter to those who have lost so much.
 
"They just come in with that sad look on their face and it just breaks their heart and you hear their stories about how they've lost everything," said Christina.
 
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Current: 75°
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Wind: 12 MPH
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Humidity: 83 %

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