SALADO, Texas (FOX 44) – Hundreds of people gathered in Salado for the tornado benefit concert to help raise money for those affected by the tornado in the Cedar Valley area.
“In a relatively short period of time, we managed to pull ourselves together. In fact, it transformed in more ways than I ever dreamed of, you know, in eight or nine days,” said event organizer Brandon Rhyder.
The Salado Family Relief Fund was able to raise just over $5,000 in just one week. On Thursday, they were able to rake in more at the live auction.
“And if you don’t buy something today, you can always donate. You can go down here to the tent. When you buy something, I’m going to ask for your name because I’m going to personally thank you,” says Bell County Commissioner Bobby Whitson.
Since the tornado hit two weeks ago, the community has been lending a helping hand.
“Even two weeks later, these people are still picking up the pieces every day. These families have been devastated, some cases down to the slabs,” says Rhyder.
Thursday night’s goal is to help Salado rebuild.
“Oh, there’s still a lot of cleanup efforts going on there. We meet tomorrow [and] connect volunteers with people who suffered damage there,” says Whitson.