Mid-Michigan Business Owners Helping Kentuckyers Affected by Tornadoes

By James Felton, James Paxson

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Michigan (WNEM) – Cleanup work is underway in Kentucky after devastating tornadoes tore through the Midwest.

At least four tornadoes hit Kentucky Friday night, one of them more than 200 miles above ground. More than 60 people were killed in that state alone.

Homes, businesses and more have been swept along the road of great devastation. Thousands have been left to survive the winter without hot or running water.

Sandy Catalano, like many Michiganns, has seen images of lives torn apart as tornadoes tore through Friday night in the middle of the south.

“This is terrible. You think about these poor families, and especially around the holidays, how terrible it would be to lose everything you have,” Catalano said.

She is a co-owner of Five:1 athletics in Clio. Catalano says there is a 53-foot semi-trailer at her property.

“Our hope is that we can fill it with items that will be useful to these people as they are trying to get up and clean up the mess,” Catalono said.

Catalano hopes to provide much needed items for Wednesday’s tornado survivors.

“We had a few donations sent out this morning, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Catalono said.

Five:1 Athletics is located behind Kmart Plaza on Vienna Street near I-75. Catalano would like to see residents ditching non-perishable cans and toiletries, but that’s not all.

“Contractor bags, canvas, work gloves, headlights, here is a list of items that we have received from FEMA and drawn as disaster relief at work,” Catalono said.

Catalano said she is willing to wait longer to fill this truck. But she hopes to get supplies to the tornado survivors as soon as possible.

“Put yourself in their shoes and think about what your life would be like if your entire house was destroyed and everything in it. So think about this time of year that we’re in and what it really is and let’s work as a community to come together and help these people in Kentucky and Tennessee,” Catalono said.

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