The Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has provided a total of $101,311 to help families in Alabama and Missouri rebuild their lives. These grants provide case management, medical treatment, appliances, furniture, legal aid, senior citizen services, childcare, transportation, and therapy. Most importantly, the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund helps rebuild lives by providing materials to repair or build homes, storm shelters, storage sheds, and accessible housing for individuals with disabilities.
These grants have been leveraged by the support of volunteers. For example, more than 150,000 volunteers came to Joplin and Duquesne, Missouri after the tornado to help with relief and recovery in projects such as thethe Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, which gives many families a place to call home. The Cook family was among thosefamilies that received a Habitat home and storm shelter.
Chris and Carrie Cook and their sons, Zachary and Aidan, lived in an apartment before the tornado. Being selected for a Habitat house was “a dream come true” for their family. They received a permanent home to personalize, do homework, eat supper, and enjoy spending time together.
“We never thought we were going to have a house to ourselves. The boys would always ask me, ‘Mom, why can’t we paint our room?’… I had to explain to them that we couldn’t do that because we lived in an apartment. We have been so very blessed through the storms. You can’t imagine the blessings we’ve had.”
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