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LaGrange County stepping up to assist tornado victims


It wasn’t long after tornadoes ripped through the southern Indiana towns of Henryville and Marysville that LaGrange County residents started looking at what they could do to help those affected in the deadly outbreak.

One reason for the intense interest in the storms was that Troy Albert, former Westview Sr. High principal, is currently the principal at Henryville High School, which was destroyed by last Friday’s tornado. His wife, Karen (Eichelberger) Albert, is a Westview graduate from Topeka.

 Westview Jr.-Sr. High School, in conjunction with the LaGrange County Red Cross, will be gathering local donations for the Henryville Tornado Disaster Relief Fund. Westview students will be able to raise money through activities at the school in the next few weeks. The school is also accepting donations on behalf of the American Red Cross. Checks can be made payable to the Red Cross or the Lagrange County Community Foundation (LCCF). Donors need to write “Tornado Relief” in the memo line. In addition, non-perishable food items and toiletries may be dropped off at the school.

WestviewJr.-Sr. High School principals Rich Cory and Paul Johnston announced earlier this week that a local donor has made a donation pledge through the LaGrange County Community Foundation’s “Emergency Relief Fund” of $10,000 to help the victims of last week’s devastating tornadoes in southern Indiana. Johnston is also president of the LaGrange County Community Foundation Board of Directors.

This same donor has also made an additional pledge to encourage others to give to this effort. The donor has promised that every dollar that is received by the LaGrange County Community Foundation for this purpose will be matched with another dollar – up to an additional $10,000. With the original seed donation, generous community gifts and the pledged dollar-for-dollar match, the LaGrange County Community Foundation is hopeful that $30,000 or more will be collected in this combined effort.

Distribution of supplies and other support in Henryville and other storm-racked areas of southern Indiana will be managed through the local LaGrange County American Red Cross.

To donate, mail a check to the LaGrange County Community Foundation, 109 E. Central Ave., Suite No. 3, LaGrange, IN 46761. On the memo line write “Emergency Relief Fund.”

For more information on ways to help storm victims, please see the related article.