CHERITON, Va. (WAVY) – People gathered in Cheriton Thursday morning for a community cleanup at Cherrystone Campground.
The cleanup comes one week after an EF-1 tornado hit the campground. Some of the volunteers were from the immediate area, others drove sixty miles or more. They told 10 On Your Side they’ve camped at Cherrystone themselves and feel a sense of community there.
“It means a tremendous amount to us,” said co-owner Chad Ballard. “We’re a family camping resort that’s a family business, and today we feel like our family is a whole lot bigger than we originally thought.”
A couple from New Jersey was killed during the storm, and their three children were taken to area hospitals. A local woman was moved so much by the story, she set up a fund to help the children.
“Last week, I knew that Cherrystone was in the midst of horror, and we were all so upset,” said Pam Barefoot. “My staff at Blue Crab Bay and I were wondering what we could do. I didn’t know if anyone had set up a fund or not, so I just went over to PNC and set up this fund.”
Barefoot said 100 percent of the money raised will go directly to the children. By Thursday afternoon, the donations totaled more than $16,000. Click here for information on how to make a donation to the family.
Northampton County Sheriff David Doughty said 29 people were treated at local hospitals in the tornado’s aftermath.
Thursday’s community cleanup began at 9 a.m. Officials say they are planning to reopen Cherrystone Campground at 8 a.m. Friday.