From Left-Right: Seth Duncan, Nevada Shirley, Jeremy Sons, Laura Monroe, Jamey Cooley, Kircie Blankman, Sue Schupert, Kathy Corum, Eric Long, Kathy Mott, Muhammad Iftikhar load one of the trucks with Tumbleweed food before it leaves Charlestown High School to distritbute it to storm victims.
Support from the community has been extraordinary for those who were hit by Friday night’s ravaging tornados. Individuals have opened their checkbooks, emptied their closets and have donated their time to help their neighbors in need.
Many New Albany restaurants have also answered the call to help. On Saturday, the four Southern Indiana Tumbleweed restaurants began thinking about what they could do.
“I suggested food because that’s what we do,” said Sue Schuppert, general manager, Tumbleweed on Charlestown Road.
On Monday, the staff of the Charlestown Road, State Street, Highlander Point and Jeffersonville locations spent the day preparing food.
“We’re taking BBQ ribs, everything to make tacos, french fries, chips and queso and salsa and drinks,” said Kathy Mott, general manager, Tumbleweed on State Street. She added that they would also take plates and dinner rolls.
Schuppert added that “we are very happy and excited to be dong this. It’s good to help people who are in need.” In addition, all of the employees were cooking all day were happy to be contributing to an awesome cause.
Once prepared, the Tumbleweed stores delivered the food at Charlestown High School, the Red Cross picked up the food and delivered it to Henryville, Marysville and other affected areas. In total, there was enough food for 500 people. In addition, Tumbleweed catered the food at Charlestown High School to feed any storm victims who may have used the space as a shelter.
“If everyone does one thing, then we are that much closer to helping everyone get what they need,” said Mott.
In addition to donating food, the Jeffersonville location will have a fundraiser on Tuesday.
Other restaurants are helping as well. Wick’s Pizza donated all of their proceeds from open until 3 p.m. on Monday, and they will continue to take donations. Also, this Friday, there will be more than a dozen bands playing a benefit concert. General manager Amanda Dunn explained that every $20 cover will be given to Henryville Community Church. Dunn added that Wick’s has been sending pizza and water to Henryville everyday.
Sams Food & Spirits will hold their usual Saint Patricks Day party on March 17, but this year the party will be a fundraiser. Sam Anderson, owner, said it will be “Green for Green,” where 10% of the sales will go to support the storm victims.
“We are doing our part to help our neighbors,” said Anderson.
All of this has been in addition to the fundraising events that was held in combination with the Welcome Back Sherman Minton Celebration that was held on March 3. During that time, businesses throughout New Albany contributed. For example, Todd Antz, owner, The Keg Liquors, reported that a large amount of items for the Salvation Army were received, as well as monetary donations for the Red Cross.
Also on Saturday, the New Albanian Brewing Company Pizzeria & Public House raised at least $600, and all of that was matched dollar for dollar. Blankets, nonperishable food items and monetary donations were also made at the Bank Street Brewhouse. Monetary donations will be matched dollar for dollar at Bank Street Brewhouse.
Many establishments are still planning fundraising efforts, so do be on the look out. For information on how to help, contact Northside Christian Church’s Samaritan’s Purse hotline at 812.542.4051, or 2-1-1, which is the Metro United Way phone line.