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How to help tornado victims

There has been an outpouring of ways to help the victims of the March 2 tornadoes, like the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, which collected money at roadblocks Friday and Saturday.
Fire chief Jon Saulman said more than $10,700 was collected with checks payable to the American Red Cross being forwarded to that agency while other money is being combined with collection efforts at Corydon Central High School for the libraries at Henryville schools.
Saulman said that Gary Grimes of Palmyra gave the fire department a 1997 Plymouth Voyager mini-van that had belonged to his father that will go to the highest bidder with proceeds also helping the school libraries.
Bids must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, by calling Saulman at 267-1151.
The van has 80,000 miles and is in good working condition, Saulman said. The van is available for inspection at the fire station in Corydon.
Randy Emily, with assistance from the Harrison County Community Foundation and its Youth as Philanthropists group, the YMCA of Harrison County and Corydon Instant Print, generated nearly $2,000 Saturday from Emily’s hypnosis show at the Y in Corydon.
Other ways to help tornado victims include:
‘Farmers-helping-farmers effort ‘ On Friday and Saturday, farmers (must be at least 18) and agribusinesses are encouraged to help with clean-up efforts. To volunteer, contact Kelly Crabtree of Novozymes BioAg by 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) by e-mail at [email protected] or by calling 1-317-508-0593.
‘So Dear 2 My Heart ‘ The Corydon shop will donate 10 percent of all sales in March to aid tornado victims.
‘Clean Socks Hope Inc. ‘ The Corydon-based nonprofit, spearheaded by Jeff Minton, will have a bake sale and grill out Friday, March 23, at Oaklawn Health and Rehab, 300 Shelby Station Drive, Louisville, and Friday, April 6, at PCA Pharmacy, 2700 Constant Comment Place, Louisville, beginning at 10 a.m. both days until food is gone.
‘InSight Eyecare ‘ Dr. Tim Masden said his office, located along S.R. 64 east of New Salisbury, will give free eye exams from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday to anyone who donates at least $25 or gives a backpack filled with school supplies. Proceeds from the day will be given to Henryville schools. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, call 366-3147.
‘Corydon Central High School ‘ The school is collecting new socks and underwear during school hours to give to the American Red Cross. For more information, call Micky Miller at 738-4181.
‘Milltown Police Department ‘ The police department is collecting cleaning supplies and toiletries for distribution to shelters. Items can be dropped off at the police station along Hancock Street; call 633-2045 to make sure someone is there.
‘Capital Court Apartments ‘ The apartments, located at 785 Regina Lane, Corydon, is a drop-off point for ‘basically anything except food and household items,’ said manager Judy Keithley. For more information, call 738-1966.
‘Lincoln Hills Christian Church ‘ The church, located along Dale Avenue, Corydon, is accepting donations of money and/or clothing items (especially for children), blankets, diapers, bottled water and non-perishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at the church office. For more information, call 738-8253.
‘St. Mary’s Catholic Church ‘ The Lanesville church is accepting clothing, diapers, underwear and food (drop off on the church porch). For more information, call the parish office at 1-812-989-0333.
‘Hypnosis by Emily ‘ Randy Emily will perform another show, on Friday, March 23, as part of a fundraiser at 300 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. The event will feature bands, including The Marlins, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
‘Salem Presbyterian Church ‘ Members will have a work day tomorrow (Thursday) in Pekin, leaving the church parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Trucks and wheelbarrows are needed.
‘United Way ‘ Call the UW volunteer service at 1-812-287-0519 or go online to and click the appropriate tab to volunteer or donate cash.
‘Red Cross ‘ Call 1-800-733-2767 or online at to make a cash donation or to volunteer.
The Indiana Volunteers Active in Disasters has established the Official Volunteer Reception Center, operated by United Way, at 723 Spring St. in Jeffersonville, for those who wish to assist in damaged areas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Volunteers must register, sign a release and obtain safety training at the Center. Work boots, heavy duty gloves and warm clothes are recommended. Registration can be done online at or by calling 1-502-599-8593. Volunteers will be called as needed based on registered skills.