Teens Sell T-Shirts for a Terrific Cause…..Tornado Relief!

Teens Sell T-Shirts for a Terrific Cause…..Tornado Relief!

On the morning of March 2, Henryville, IN teens Carli Pendelton and Brittany Jessee expected to have an average Friday at school. Hours later, they realized that this would be no ordinary Friday, as a tornado ripped through their town, all but leveling the small community. The devastating tornado flattened houses and businesses, tore down power lines, and left Henryville in shambles.

The next evening, Carli and Brittany decided they needed to do something to help. They designed T-shirts that read “Our hearts are full of Henryville pride.” They began selling them, hoping to raise a little bit of money to help their fallen community. By Sunday morning, they were more successful than they ever dreamed, as hundreds of requests for T-shirts came pouring in! Carli and Brittany reached out in the midst of their own difficulty, and now they are raising thousands of dollars to rebuild the hometown they lost.

This video shows just what an impact the tornado had on the community of Henryville.

Additional Resources:

  • Here are websites that give information about more efforts to help raise funds for the Henryville tornado victims:
    • Louisville East Market Dare to Care: Tornado 2012 fundraiser
    • James Island Church collection for tornado victims
    • Evansville Makes a Difference Operation Henryville collection

Topics for Discussion:

  • What made Carli and Brittany able to help others even as they faced the same tragedy themselves?
  • Carli and Brittany saw an urgent need in their community and did something about it. Is there something you can do to fill a need in your community?

Take Action:

  • Visit the Henryville T-shirts Facebook page to order your own T-shirt and help this worthy cause!
  • Visit the Salvation Army website’s Indiana page to learn other ways you can help those impacted by the Indiana tornado.

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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