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TORNADO RELIEF: Local volunteers spring into action

March 14, 2012

Post and Mail photo / David Purvis-Fenker
Lori Schrader, a member of First Church of God in Columbia City, loading a tote onto a semi. All donations were delivered to Henryville last Saturday to tornado emergency shelters.


COLUMBIA CITY —Tony Guyas, a chicken farmer from Ligonier, pulled up in his semi truck to the First Church of God in Columbia City Friday afternoon. Volunteers began pouring out the side door of the church, carrying large totes with donated items and loading them into the semi one by one.

Guyas saw the devastation the tornadoes caused after they swept through Henryville March 2. It only took that one trip to see his brother-in-law, Troy Albert, the principal of a high school who suffered from the devastation, to see how wide the range of destruction was and how much he wanted to help.

Guyas said he already planned to take 900 dozen eggs down to Henryville last Saturday, but before making the trip, he called one of his friends, Lori Schrader.

Schrader is a member at First Church of God, and Guyas said he wanted to see if she had a few extra boxes to add to the load of donations he already had accumulated. Schrader informed the church that Guyas was heading down to Henryville, and the church spread the word around with fliers and e-mails.
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