Local organization continues to assist Tennessee tornado recovery efforts

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As Tennessee continues to recover from a deadly tornado last week, a local organization continues to lend a helping hand.

Volunteers with the Vincennes-based disaster relief group, Helping His Hands, have assisted with recovery efforts in Nashville since last Tuesday.

Those who are there say from afar you may not notice the devastation the tornado left behind.

“If you drove through Nashville through the interstate and you hadn’t heard of the tornado, you wouldn’t know unless you were really really looking,” said Scott Shipman, executive director of Helping His Hands.

Through their disaster relief efforts, Shipman says crews with his organization have had a first hand look at the damage.

“We’ve been working in subdivisions and anywhere you’ll see where a roof is completely gone to the entire house is completely gone,” Shipman said.

Over the past week, helping his hands has lended their assistance in Nashville, Mount Juliet, and the group is now helping out in Lebanon, a city just east of Nashville.

“We’re working with the city and a couple churches down here to make sure those neighborhoods are done right so that everything can be picked up and taken away,” Shipman said.

Although struck by tragedy, Shipman says the people of Tennessee that he has encountered have shown a fighting spirit.

“For the most part attitudes all the away across have been positive because there’s been a lot of folks coming in to help out and things like that and when something like this happens it just kind of really puts in perspective how fragile life is,” Shipman said.

Shipman says right now there are 15 volunteers with his group who are in Tennessee.

In the coming days and weeks, more volunteers are expected including some that are not from Vincennes but have noticed the group’s work and want to help out.

Shipman says he is hopeful that families will be able to rebuild in the area soon.

To find out ways you can help: https://www.helpinghishands.com/

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