(WHAS11) -- One week after an EF4 tornado ravaged parts of Kentuckiana was a week unlike any of those who live around here have ever experienced.
“It was bad, my house was completely destroyed,” said Melissa Ruth, who lost her Henryville home.
She stood with several other Henryville residents outside the First Baptist Church for a special service on Friday. Surrounded by the destruction they spoke of thanks, especially for those who’ve been tirelessly helping.
People in the nearby communities are finding ways to help away from the damage sites. Wicks Pizza in New Albany decided to have a benefit concert to raise money for the Henryville Community Church. The restaurant was packed with people showing their support, and it's that kind of support that's really helping those cleaning up the damage to find hope, despite the destruction.
“Look at the destruction. If that doesn’t tug at your heart string and make you want to do something, then I don’t know what will,” said Adam Underwood, the general manager for Wick’s.
Among those at the benefit concert was a man who’s Mt. Washington home was also damaged, but he told WHAS11 News his damage was nothing compared to that done to so many other homes.
It’s that kind of generosity that’s turning despair into hope, and proving that even the winds of an EF4 tornado are no match for the bonds that hold communities together.