RIEGELWOOD, N.C. — The $66 million Riegelwood Federal Credit Union continues to be a major player here in helping victims recover from a Nov. 16 tornado by raising $37,000 in disaster relief as well as contributing to the cleanup effort.

The twister killed eight people, left scores injured and carved a mile-long path of destruction through this southern North Carolina community.

Two of the eight killed were members of the CU, which has a base of 7,000 and is located a mile from the tornado site. Following the tornado, which destroyed or damaged dozens of homes, the CU set up its disaster relief fund that is now part of a countywide relief effort raising $200,000 from individuals and businesses across the U.S. The CU has also collected food and other items to assist people affected by the twister.

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