Images Of Henryville

These photos from Henryville were taken during Heart to Heart’s nearly week-long operation in southern Indiana providing medical aid with our Mobile Medical Unit and distributing Care Kits to residents in the region.

The images are from downtown where the tornado did the most harm.  The damage was great, but the restoration is well underway due to the resolve of the local community.  And we at Heart to Heart want to thank the residents of Henryville and surrounding communities for letting us serve.



Continued Service For Henryville

Another day has passed for Heart to Heart on the ground in Henryville, Indiana and we saw more people seek out medical aid from the Mobile Medical Unit.  The MMU has become the town’s First Aid Station where residents and responders and volunteers come for a variety of medical needs and mostly they come for a tetanus shot.

The doses were provided by the Joplin Community Clinic as a way to pay it forward from one town that suffered much to another.  And the generosity has impressed many in this small southern Indiana town. One young man named Justin stopped by for a vaccination. He was off to assist his neighbors clean up and wanted to be protected in case he suffered a cut or stepped on the many nails and screws amongst the debris.  Astonishingly, his home was knocked off the foundation and ripped in half, yet he was out helping his neighbors first, because he said, they were worse off.


There are several people whose homes are in dire shape, or simply do not exist as any type of home at all.  I took some time to walk though the center of town, documenting the damage.  What I saw, beyond the ruined houses, was a beehive of activity.  Residents sifted through broken belongings, volunteers chopped down broken trees and did myriad jobs. There is so much to be done.



We’ll have more photos and info from Heart to Heart’s efforts in Henryville soon.  Plus ways you can continue to support tornado relief around the country.


Dispatch From Henryville, Indiana

Want to update everyone on the happenings with Heart to Heart International and our disaster response in Henryville, Indiana.

It’s Monday afternoon, three days since we arrived on site, three and a half days after the EF-4 tornado tore through this southern Indiana town, not too far north of Louisville, KY.

We had snow overnight, a couple of inches. Thick wet snow that blanketed these communities, softening the jagged wreckage of the town if only for a while. There is damage here, plenty of it.  I was asked by a television crew for Indiana Public Media how this disaster ranks compared to others.  I told them it doesn’t compare, not for the people who live here.  For them, this is the big one.  This is their Joplin, their Alabama, their Katrina. This is their Henryville. This is their Marysville.

We at Heart to Heart are honored to be part of the relief effort.  Our Mobile Medical Unit is serving as Henryville’s only first aid station, medical clinic and vaccine dispensary all rolled into one. A Nurse Practitioner and nurses from the Clark County Health Department are staffing our unit, treating residents for a variety of ailments.

What is helping tremendously are 400 doses of Tetanus vaccine HHI volunteers brought in Sunday afternoon.  The vaccine comes from the Joplin Community ClinicTalk about Paying It Forward!!

And we’ve also been delivering Care Kits and water to surrounding shelters and communities.

Your gifts and donations are supporting this.  Here’s how you can continue to help:

  • Make an online donation
  • Text “HEART” to 27722 to make a $10 donation on your mobile phone
  • Mail checks to Heart to Heart’s office

The volunteer spirit is alive and thriving in southern Indiana and you sense resilience in the air despite what has happened.


Heart to Heart Begins Work In Henryville

henryville 1Heart to Heart International committed to responding in the minutes following news that a devastating tornado had just ripped through communities in southern Indiana during the widespread tornado outbreak March 2, 2012.

An Advance Team mobilized and hit the road, arriving in Henryville, Indiana as the shock of what had happened a few hours before was still very fresh and visible.

The Advance Team came, not just to assess, but ready to deliver aid in the form of Care Kits, water and medical supplies.  The town’s only medical center was put out of commission by the tornado, so Heart to Heart’s rolling emergency room, the Mobile Medical Unit, will now serve temporarily as the town’s only hospital.  We have partnered with the local healthcare system and volunteer medical personnel will staff the MMU.

There is plenty of work to be done in the coming days.  Work that is made possible by you.

Here’s how you can continue to help:

  • Make an online donation
  • Text “HEART” to 27722 to make a $10 donation on your mobile phone
  • Mail checks to Heart to Heart’s office

We need groups to assemble Care Kits as part of our healthcare response.