Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 24, 2013

Community comes to aid of victims

St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance hosts fundraiser

Bill Grimes
Daily News

ST. ELMO — Ina Abendroth was just sitting in her living room when it happened.

"It" was a powerful storm that destroyed the home between St. Elmo and Brownstown that Abendroth had been living in for 50 years. Several homes in the St. Elmo area were destroyed  last Sunday in the storm system that produced a tornado northwest of Altamont, as well as straight-line winds that many feel can cause more damage than a tornado.

"I was sitting in the front room when I heard it coming," Abendroth said. "I took off for my bedroom and pulled the pillows over my face.

"My house is completely gone," she added. "I'm just lucky that it didn't get me. I was in the only room in the house that didn't have a broken window."

Saturday, the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance held a benefit at St. Elmo Christian Church for families impacted by the storm. Church pastor Tom Fedrigon said at least four families in the St. Elmo area were left with destroyed homes, while other families are living in homes that sustained significant damage.

See Monday's print edition for the rest of this story.