Kokomo organization continues to rebuild, believes severe weather plan saved their lives

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KOKOMO, Ind. (March 16, 2015) -- It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. Severe weather concerns might be the last thing on your mind, but there are many Hoosiers who know firsthand just how dangerous Mother Nature can be.

It’s been more than a year since a tornado ripped through the center of Kokomo, but some still need help rebuilding.

Preschool assistant Kylie Wright was working with kids when the tornado struck. “We got in the rooms, we closed the doors and maybe 3 or 4 minutes later, the windows exploded and it sounded like a freight train,” said Wright.

Everyone inside survived, but the building was destroyed -- a place that housed vital programs for the non-profit organization, Bona Vista.

“We serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Adria Snoddy, Director of Business Development for Bona Vista. “We serve daily 2,000 children and adults through 14 core programs.”

And as they serve more people they need more money to rebuild.

“We did receive money through insurance, but it`s not enough to finish our product,” said Snoddy.

The staff is hoping with the community`s help they can make this new building a reality.  They hope to raise $200,000 through a GoFundMe account.

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