Perryville shows outpouring of support to tornado victims

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PERRYVILLE, MO (KTVI) – As the sun set on Perryville Wednesday night, storm victims and cleanup crews packed up for the night. They’ll have to return to their destroyed homes to pick up the ruins another day.

In town there is no sign of tornado damage, still many are feeling the hit.

“We are all family it is a small town and we're doing what we can to help everybody out,” said Justin Pyland, store manager at Buchheit Supply.

Buchheit Supply reopened their store Tuesday night after the tornado struck.  At daybreak, they gave away tarps so people could salvage what they had left.

School was cancelled, but that doesn’t stop teachers and students from getting to work. They spent their day at the plaza Laundromat washing tornado victims’ clothes.

“A lot of insulation in the clothes, a lot of mud, just a lot of debris,” said Laura Buchheit of Perryville.

They also took in donations of quarters and laundry detergent.

The Vintage Room went from an empty event space to a room filled with donations of the basics, like food, clothing and hygiene products. Immanuel Lutheran Church and St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop are also collecting non-perishable food items and clothing.

Amid so much loss, there is a great amount of gratitude.

“It's amazing by the time that we got settled last night I had over 40 text messages offering help if someway shape or form,” Amy Huber, who lost her family’s home in the storm said.