Recovery group creates scholarship fund

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After the May 10, 2015, tornado the Van Long Range Recovery Group were tasked with handling the fund that were flooding in to help the community.

Judge Scott Shinn presided over the group, which dealt out funds to those in need of repairs or help after the tornado damaged property and left some without homes.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments that we, as a group achieved. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that assisted in the recovery efforts of Van,” said Judge Shinn.

Judge Shinn said that the group received approximately $550,000 to disperse to Van tornado victims.

“We initially received $550,000 in donations to disperse and after helping those in need, we have $17,500 left,” said Judge Shinn.

“We know for many families the recovery effort still goes on and for many the tornado forever left them changed. We all can wish that it will be a long time before something like this happens again but next time I hope we are more prepared.”

Judge Shinn said that the Long Range Recovery Group made a decision to put the leftover funds towards scholarships for Van ISD students.

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