SALADO, Texas (FOX 44) – The Salado community was devastated this week after an EF-3 tornado ripped through destroying more than 70 structures. As the days passed, the community worked together to recover.
“We have wonderful Central Texans calling us on a different line and telling us they have tractor-trailers, chainsaws, people,” says Bell County Volunteer Coordinator Donna Hoskins.
Bell County set up a volunteer agency to help victims of the tornado connect with these volunteers. Donna Hoskins coordinates families with the help they need to get back on their feet.
“Well, it’s very heartening that other Texans are actually responding to Texans who need help,” Hoskins says.
The community came together during a devastating time. From helping put up fences to preparing meals.
“The day after the tornado, everyone went out. When I got here there was a line of people with boxes, supplies and food. We offer food to everyone who needs it,” says Andrea Guzman, owner of La Familia restaurant on wheels.
Andrea Guzman cooked non-stop to feed the hungry volunteers and she says she couldn’t have done it without the help of other community members.
“We provide food to everyone who needs it. If there are teams that say, hey, we have a team that does this, we have a team that does that. Call me and we’ll do something to them and send it,” Guzman says.
As of now, Bell County is not accepting cash donations, but if you would like to help, the best way is to donate to the Red Cross and the funds will go to the Cedar Valley region.
- For residents requiring assistance, call (254) 534-4562.
- For anyone interested in donating or offering assistance, call (254)-534-2217.