Area students helping tornado victims in Kokomo

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TIPTON – Tipton High School students are raising money to go toward the Kokomo Disaster Relief Fund at United Way.

Tipton High School plays Rensselaer Central High School tonight at 8 p.m. It is for the Semi State Championship Football game. During the game, THS students will pass around boxes to collect donations for tornado victims. They will place a bucket near the concession stand, as well, where people can donate. The money will help families impacted by 2 tornadoes that ripped through Kokomo on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Tipton High School senior,  Emily Mahaney, contacted the United Way of Howard County and asked them how she could help. Mahaney said raising money was her way of helping tornado survivors.

“We’re not in Howard County, but we’re 15 minutes away and I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose my home or have family members lose their home,” Mahaney said.

Mahaney hopes people will support Kokomo residents like the Blue Devils plan to do at tonight’s game.

“Come out (number) 1 and support the Blue Devils to a victory, but also remember there are other things going on and it’s important that we step up and donate what we can,” Mahaney said.

Throughout the week, Fox 59 has seen many students, from all over, who volunteered their time to help in Kokomo. Tipton High School senior Ashley Creek got about 20 people together to help her family. They went to Kokomo on Tuesday and cleaned up.

“It made me feel amazing like I did not expect for that many people to show up and help me and my family out,” Creek said.

Officials with the United Way of Howard County said there were other schools that contacted them, saying they want to host fundraisers to go toward the Kokomo Disaster Relief Fund at United Way.

On Saturday, Indiana University Kokomo will raise money, during homecoming and next week there are schools in Howard County that have plans to raise money too.