As an EF-3 tornado tore through the communities of Appomattox, Pamplin, and Evergreen, Virginia, we knew there was going to be an enormous need. How did we know? Gleaning For The World’s office is located just ten minutes away from where the tornado touched down. When the tornado alarms sounded, staff and volunteers had to seek cover in our emergency storm shelters.
Once the storm passed, staff immediately sprang into action. Several residents were injured, 100 homes and structures were damaged or destroyed, and thousands of local families were left without electricity. That night, shelters opened and Gleaning For The World was there with food, water, blankets, and pillows to help families who were affected by the storm.
By the next morning, we had a crew at the Command Center in Evergreen, VA working with volunteer groups and coordinators to provide needed supplies as the clean up began.
The day after the tornado struck, we were inundated with hundreds of people looking to help their neighbors. It was clear, Central Virginia wanted to help! Our volunteers and staff set up outside of Sam’s Club in Lynchburg, VA and Walmart in Appomattox.
The results were overwhelming!
In just 16 hours (length of time we were collecting supplies), the residents of Central Virginia came out and gave 15 TONS (30,000 pounds) of food, water, personal care, cleaning, paper products, pet food, baby supplies and more. All of this was given to help tornado victims.