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Businesses in Mitchell have donated nearly $3,000 to help the victims of the June 18 tornado in Wessington Springs, and a few checks are still being collected.

Cathy Weber, owner of The Little Red Hen, and Robin Weins, owner of Crazy About Cupcakes, organized the recent fundraising drive to help victims of the tornado. Weber said Tuesday that $2,944.13 has already been collected, and checks still need to be collected from about five of the 25 businesses that took part. Weber said a few individuals also donated to the effort.

"It's wonderful. It was a lot of fun," Weber said. "It's always fun helping people."

Weber said she plans to collect the remaining checks this morning and then deliver the donation to the American Bank and Trust in Wessington Springs later today.

Donations to the Wessington Springs Relief Fund can be made at any American Bank and Trust location, in Wessington Springs, Alpena, De Smet, Huron, Mellette, Miller, Pierre and Wolsey.

Wessington Springs Mayor Melissa Mebius said Tuesday about $73,000 has been donated to the Wessington Springs Relief Fund to help victims of the tornado. A committee formed Tuesday will meet later this month to decide exactly how the money will be distributed to victims, Mebius said.

"That way, those who are in the most need are getting the recovery help that they need," she said.

Mebius said the support the town has received since the tornado has been remarkable.

"Until you've been faced with a disaster like this, I don't think you truly know what kind of people are out there and the resources that are available after a disaster like this," Mebius said.