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Wayne residents share a meal to raise spirits and funds


Wayne, Nebraska will be recovering from the last week's tornado damage for many months to come, but the community came out in full force, Sunday, to show their support for those who need it most.

Breaking bread over a home cooked meal was part of the recipe for togetherness in Wayne, Nebraska, Sunday.  The city has been recovering from the devastation that came along with the EF-4 tornado, and some said this is kind of event was exactly what the town needed.

"The tornado was so devastating, we needed a happy feel," Connie Dangberg said.

 Organizers were overwhelmed by the community's response.

"Every single person was excited about it. They were all willing to donate and ask what else they can do," Dangberg said.

Jeff Carstens watched the tornado touch down from his car. 

"It's hard to think about there being a good side, or a positive side to an event like this, but in this case, I think there are a number of them. One, is no fatalities is just incredible. The community's blessed. The people in the community are blessed, but it also is an opportunity for people to be a part of their community, to step up and support," Carstens said.

"Everyone is so supportive in Wayne. It's a great community to live in and when things like this happen, it's amazing," Nolte said.

Community members of all ages wanted to show their support for the community. Dangberg says she received a box of "thank you's" from elementary school students in the area without even asking.

Everything was donated from soup to dessert.  Chefs donated their time, and 600 people dug into their pockets to help out financially, raising more than $11,000. All of the money raised will go to the United Way, which is dispersing donations to Wayne families in need.

"A lot of people that would normally go buy a bowl of soup would spend three to four dollars, believe me, they're putting a lot more in the box than that," Dangberg said.

A community torn a part by mother nature, put back together by the generosity of neighbors.          



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