Fundraiser held to help tornado victims in Harvester

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HARVESTER, MO. (KPLR) - When you think about the St. Charles tornado, a lot of people think about the million dollar homes that were damaged May 31st.

Some of the storm victims say there’s a part of the story that isn’t being told.  They say two months later, some middle class victims are struggling to pay bills.  Some victims are fighting with insurance adjustors or squabbling with landlords.

“In our subdivision alone there are 10 families displaced,” said St. Charles County resident Paul Schiff.

The owner of Misty Nights Bar & Grill hosted a fundraiser on Sunday to help some of those victims.

“That’s our job,” said Misty Lima.  “We’re in the community and we’re going to take care of our community.”

She hosted a raffle and poker run spearheaded by her manger Chrissy Koenig.  Koenig lives in the heart of the damage.

“There’s several women, several families still in hotels and school starts next week,” Koenig said.  “I talked to a family that came in today and their house isn’t going to be ready for six months.”

Money raised on Sunday will go to the Harvester Tornado Relief Fund and the Cottleville Fire District.  The district is currently screening applications for financial assistance and could start awarding money to victims as soon as next week.

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