SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Volunteers can be spotted throughout Sullivan, IN all lending a helping hand, maybe even a warm meal.
Wednesday was quieter throughout Sullivan as many residents and volunteers waited for predicted storms to move through the area. Tucked in the back of the Sullivan First Christian Church was a few women continuing to prepare a homecooked meal for those still out serving the community.
Since the dark days of the tragic Indiana tornados, devastation and heartache surround the Sullivan community. But you don’t have to go far to seek out the good.
Fred Rogers, host of the long-time show, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, told his young TV viewers, that when he was and boy and would see scary things, his mother would tell him to ‘look for the helpers.’
In Sullivan you don’t have to travel far to find the helpers, the volunteers. Even on a day with storms forecasted.
Jon Cress, team leader with Samaritan’s purse traveled from Alaska to Sullivan to lend a helping hand.
“We just feel that we’re needed to do this. We feel that God just wants us helping others and that’s why we do it,” Cress Said.
Local, Michele Smith, Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Sullivan County Salvation Army said, “We feel that it’s important to do because that’s what Jesus called us to do, that’s why we’re here. Because whatever you do for the least of them, you’ve done for him. And that is why we’re out here.”
Samaritan’s Purse as well as the Salvation Army show up in times of crisis, to help. Wednesday, while schools were out of session in Sullivan County, due to more impending storms these volunteer organizations continued their efforts.
“Today we’re just helping the homeowners clean up their mess,” Cress Said. “We’re cutting trees down for them, picking up debris from buildings and just hauling them to the curb. We’ve got three or four different teams our here working,” he added.
“There’s different teams that are coming in to prepare food and then we have an actual dedicated, trained up group here that’s local that is out serving down where the tornados touched down. Delivering food. So, lots and lots of volunteers,” Smith said.
Cress said volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse come from all over with purpose to help those in need.
“We kind of run into the storm,” Cress said. “When there’s a tornado or a flood or anything, our organization just runs into the storm. And we go and help people in Jesus’ name.
While affected residents continue to pick up the pieces of their homes and businesses, while communities continue to mourn losses, remember what Mr. Rogers said, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”