More than $90,000 donated for Franklin tornado relief

FRANKLIN, Tex. (KBTX) -- SouthStar Bank in Franklin announced Monday morning just how much money had been donated to help the city of Franklin rebuild.

After SouthStar matched donations with a $25,000 check, more than $90,000 was raised to help people in Franklin get back on their feet. The bank says they weren't expecting the volume donations that came pouring in from all over the country.

"People in Texas just look out for each other," said Justen Salacido with SouthStar Bank.

For the last three weeks, employees at SouthStar Bank have been proving they are Franklin strong. They asked surrounding communities to step up and help those directly impacted by the EF-3 tornado that ripped through the city in early April, and residents did not disappoint.

"I knew the community was like that, but to see it in action is just heartwarming," said Franklin Mayor Molly Hedrick.

Mayor Hedrick says the last few weeks have been hectic, but they're determined to rebuild the city.

"We want them to have the opportunity to rebuild their home so that they can stay here. So that's why it's important to get these funds, to help these people stay where they've always been," Mayor Hedrick said.

Lifelong residents like Robertson County Judge Charles Ellison say they're proud to be from Franklin, and to help in any way they can.

It's just a normal thing for us to help each other," said Robertson County Judge Charles Ellison.

Now, more than Over $90,000 will go towards helping those directly impacted get the help they need. Judge Ellison said donations like these remind him that there are still so many good people willing to help others.

"It's really nice to see everyone pull together and help Franklin rebuild," Salcido said.

City officials say this tornado taught them how to be better prepared for the next storm that may come this way.