Group of tornado victims from Tuscaloosa help storm victims in LaPlace

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Posted on September 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 30 at 3:00 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

LAPLACE, La. - They may just be moving limbs from a backyard, but for Florence Vicknair, the effort means so much more.

"Oh, Lord, I'm so grateful," said Vicknair. "If the yard is clean I can maybe begin, start from there, and then work on into the house."

Vicknair's LaPlace home took on about a foot of water. She's had to gut the inside and tear out sheet rock.

Like so many in her neighborhood without flood insurance, Vicknair feels lost.

But a group of volunteers from the organization, Samaritan's Purse, is giving Vicknair some hope. They cleaned up her backyard. And they were able to give a little something extra too.

"Courage," said Vicknair. "Because I don't have courage right now."

Volunteer Odessa Smith knows knows what it's like to lose everything. Her home was destroyed in last year's deadly tornado in Tuscaloosa. She's still displaced.

But Samaritan's Purse is helping her rebuild, and she's paying it forward in LaPlace.

"Whatever they need help with doing, we have got some hands, we'll help," said Smith.

And now she has words from someone who has been there to someone in need.

"God, he's going to give you exactly what you need," said Smith. "Just keep your eyes on the light and he'll show you the way."

And perhaps just as important as the sound of cleanup, said Smith, is the sound of prayer. The volunteers from Samaritan's Purse prayed in a circle with Vicknair, as a reminder from those who have lost everything that every storm must end.

"I promise you it's going to change," said Smith to Vicknair as the two hugged through tears.

The group from Tuscaloosa came in Friday night and is leaving Sunday.

 

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