CANTON, Texas -- Whether they’re chopping vegetables or dropping off items, Van Zandt County residents are stepping up to help each other.
“When something like this happens, the community just pulls together. It changes everything,” said Donna Scott.
She is one of dozens of people who drove through the parking lot at First Methodist Church, dropping off donations for her neighbors.
“We brought water, gloves, hand sanitizer, food, wash clothes, towels, washcloths and socks,” Scott said.
Byron Struve’s bosses at Dixie Paper sent him to the church with a truck of donations.
“I have a pallet of bottled water, paper goods, plates and gloves,” he says. “I know they need the help. It was an awful thing that occurred here.”
Just across the parking lot, there’s another form of help: hot meals provided by the non-profit Mercy Chefs.
“For a lot of these people, their houses weren’t necessarily destroyed by the tornado, but they have had no power,” said Lisa Saylor, the group’s managing chef.
While many tornado victims will come to Mercy Chefs’ truck to eat, even more will get a meal delivered to their door.
“The community here has been taking what we brought to town and distributing it to their fellow community members,” Saylor says. “That’s a beautiful thing to watch.”
As much as donations help, organizations like the American Red Cross and Mercy Chefs can usually stretch your dollar a little further than you can. That’s why they’re also asking for monetary donations.