The visit to a special tornado-recovery resource center at
"I've lived here all my life, and I've never seen people come together like this," Streenz, a home health-care provider, told
More than 180 people from 94 households affected by the EF-3 tornado came through the doors of the "
More than 20 local and state not-for-profit organizations and governmental agencies, as well as electricity provider
The event brought together about 150
Groups present included Missions for
Streenz said she was visiting a friend in
Streenz said her family was relatively fortunate. Her 11-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son weren't hurt as they took cover with their 66-year-old grandmother in a center room of their home in the 400 block of
In addition to knocking out power for a time and ruining the food in her refrigerator, Streenz said the storm damaged her roof and garage. The storm also caused a tree to fall on and crush the above-ground swimming pool that her mother, a polio survivor, liked to relax and exercise.
Streenz said she has begun filing a claim with her homeowners insurance company and received valuable advice from the state agencies Friday about next steps.
Streenz also picked up an application for assistance from Missions for
Streenz said she appreciated the
Extra household expenses created by the tornado have sapped the money she would have spent on Christmas for the children, she said.
"If they hadn't volunteered to do that, my kids probably wouldn't have a Christmas," Steenz said.
Timmes said he was short on funds because he helped another family pay for a hotel room and needed to replace food in his house that spoiled because of a storm-related power outage.
He also said he took in less in taxicab fares because of the tornado and decided to reduce what he charged people after the storm as a way of helping the community.
Timmes said he was driving his cab when the tornado hit and saw heavy winds destroy his home's attached garage in the 900 block of
The tornado also damaged the roof of Timmes' home. He said he hopes that his renter's insurance helps cover repairs.
"I'm just here to get a little help," he said.
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