Love INC stepping up in Lebanon after tornado. Need help or want to help?

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LEBANON — Tornado survivors in Lebanon are starting to realize what exactly the tornado took after a few days of sifting through debris.

Love INC of Boone County connects people with needs to people who can help fill that need, and many calls have already come in to the Love INC office.

“People need hope when they’re in need,” said Executive Director Wayne Adams.

Adams said 36 Boone County churches help, including Centenary United Methodist Church.

Pastor Jim Ramsey said, “We partner together in ministry of all sorts, helping in emergency situations. It’s not a judgmental group. We’re there to care for all that we can.”

Pastor Ramsey and Associate Pastor Anthony Stone, who is also a volunteer firefighter, saw the need firsthand Sunday night. They went into the rubble after the storm.

Stone said, “We wanted to just check on peoples safety and see if anybody needed help physically or spiritually.”

And they wanted to see where Love INC could help.

“There are a few homes that lost everything and they are asking for beds and some furniture items, but right now they’re displaced so they really don’t have anyplace for that,” said Adams. “We also help with household cleaning supplies, baby supplies, food cards, and fuel cards,” said Adams. “We have a wide variety of things.”

If you need the help, Adams said to please not be ashamed.

“A lot of people who ask for help have helped other people and you know the really good feeling that comes when you help someone else, so don’t deny someone else of that opportunity to serve you right now.

If Love INC seems like an organization you’d like to help, Adams invites you to check out the Love INC of Boone County site and fill out the Talent Survey. If you need assistance, call 765-482-6152.