Willoughby Spit residents taking action to help tornado victims

Posted at 8:50 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-27 23:16:28-05

Norfolk - Just two weeks ago, Judy Boone watched as a fire ripped through her neighbors' homes in the Willoughby Spit section of Norfolk.

Eight buildings were destroyed in the fire and more than 30 people were displaced. She says she watched people lose everything they own in a matter of minutes, the same thing that happened to the residents of Waverly when a tornado blew through the town.

"They literally have nothing they just have the shirts on their backs is all they had," said Boone

After the fire, Boone used her empty office space to collect donated goods for the fire victims.  After seeing what the residents of Waverly went through this week, she is opening her doors to them too.

Even those who lost everything in the Willoughby fire, like Betty Prudner, are also stepping in to help.

"We lost everything, if anybody has looked at the pictures we are the big black spot in the middle, we have nothing left," says Betty Prudner. "I don't have much to give, all I can give is my time so that's what I'm here for. To be in here and helping, that's my way of giving back."

According to Boone, after the condo fire, neighbors lined up to donate clothing, furniture, jackets and household goods. There are still plenty of donations left and Boone hopes the survivors of the Waverly tornado will come look through the donations.

"We’ve been on the phone with people today to anybody in Waverly that we could contact to tell them they are most welcome to come down here," says Prudner.

The donated goods are being held in the office next door to Judy Boone Residency in Oceanview. The office is located at 809 E. Ocean View Ave. On Sunday, Feb. 28 the office will be open between 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. for victims to look through the donations.

If you have any information on Waverly tornado victims in need, or want to help with the donations, call the office at 757-587-2800.