Volunteers come from miles around

By Erica Quednau | equednau@wcia.com

Published 11/26 2013 05:24PM

Updated 11/26 2013 05:57PM

GIFFORD -- Pictures are bringing volunteers from all over the state to be a helping hand in town. Dozens braved Tuesday's cold to spend time in the farm fields. It's the latest in clean-up efforts around town. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau met up with one volunteer group.

It's the place a farmer makes his living, but instead of being filled with corn or beans, it's filled with debris.

"The guy's first name is Andy. I forget his last name, but his home's a pile. This is his bean field and he asked us if we could just pick up debris as the tornado came through it. Just blew debris everywhere."

"We're just picking up the fields of a guy's house and helping him. I just saw some of the pictures and heard my dad talking about it and I thought, 'hey, let's just go for a day and see what it's like.'"

Keith and Max Duff drove three hours to get here. They were just two of about ten others coming from Sugar Grove to help.

"We sent a team to Washington on Friday and Saturday, and today, because of things happening there, they didn't need extra people."

Here in the field, volunteers found shingles, siding, tons of debris. This wasn't even their first assignment of the day.

"We had maybe 40 - 50 people there, working, organizing. They did a great job putting us to work."

Their extra hands helped turn what was supposed to be a two-day job into one which lasted only hours.

"The residents get to come and they'll pick clothes, supplies and things they need and so, they did a great job."

That's because, with every pick up and pass off these volunteers do, it's a weight lifted off families' shoulders here in town.

"It feels good. I'm helping somebody when they have nothing."

"It feels like a small amount, but we're trying to do what we can, so it's good. Glad to be able to help."

People can pick up donations is St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Salvation Army has set up different pods organized by the supplies you might need. They include clothes, toiletries and pet supplies.

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