Local grocery store opens collection site to help Smithfield tornado victims

Scattered debris covers backyards, leaving many neighbors in Smithfield with a lot of clean up. To help out, a local grocery store is taking a collection for those who lost personal items in the storm a week ago.

Deltasha Bartlett of Munnsville looks around her father's property knowing it could have been so much worse.

"It's sad. It's really sad. There's a lot that you can't replace," says Bartlett.

Broken trees along with clothes, magazines, pictures and years of memories litter the property, making it hard to clean up.

"You have to work really hard to get everything back. Some people spent their whole life collecting everything that they have. Some things are family heirlooms that have been passed down from generation to generation," says Bartlett.

Some of these memories traveled miles onto other people's property with no way of returning home.

"I've heard of people finding things in Vernon. It's kind of a ways away to go from here. You'd think when the wind blows, it goes a couple of miles at the most. But, you're talking 5 or 10 miles now," says Tom Richmond, Owner of Stockbridge Valley Foods in Munnsville.

That's why Richmond is opening up his shop as a collection site for those who find missing belongings. It's a way for people to drop off anything and everything they come across.

"We're going to do it until items quit coming in. We are going to stick with it as long as we can," says Richmond.

A community coming together, working together to bring back what little they have left of home.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department stops at the grocery store once a day to pick up the missing items to document them and return them to the owners.