Wayne residents share a meal to raise spirits and funds
WAYNE, NE (KTIV) -
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.
overwhelmed by the community's response.
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
A community torn a part
by mother nature, put back together by the generosity of neighbors.
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