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March 3, 2013

BOUNCING BACK: Charitable assistance nearly complete, but still needed



“They’ve been great,” Roper said of the volunteers an donors. “They’ve helped us out a lot.”

She added that she is really excited to get back into their home on Vest Road, which is expected to be complete in a few weeks.



Roper and Johnson weren’t the only residents in the area to benefit from a donor.

Randy Blevins said he and his wife, Hannah, were the recipients of a new modular home from an anonymous donor. The Otisco residents, who live off of Zollman Road, said their mobile home was destroyed during the tornado. Blevins said he was taking his wife to work when the tornado hit. He was trying to get back to their home and to their 25-year-old son, Daniel, who was inside. As he raced home, Blevins said he saw a tornado along Interstate 65 in Memphis.

“When I rounded the curve by the post office ... it lifted the truck up three times,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Thankfully, when Blevins did arrive home and the tornado had passed, no one was hurt. The Blevins’ home, however, had not fared so well.

“The backside of my house was all torn up, the windows were knocked out and there were holes in the roof,” Blevins said. 

The holes left by the hail that accompanied the destructive tornadoes were about 5 inches in diameter.

With their home destroyed, Blevins decided to move his family into a unique location.

“We moved into the chicken coop,” he said.

Blevins said he had help from Rev. Toby Jenkins of the First Baptist Church Henryville, who paid to have to electricity run to the chicken coop. It was also cleaned up, insulated and walls were put up in the structure.

“We got something his family and he could live in and get him out of that mold,” Jenkins said.

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