Operation Blessing Gives New Home to New Mom

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A new mother who lost everything in the leap-day tornado has a new home. And she owes it all to the volunteers of Operation Blessing.

OB volunteer Nadine Schmoyer and her husband felt helping tornado victims was more important than taking a vacation.

"I was just thinking, you know there's something else we can do besides vacation. So I said to my husband when I got home, I'd like to go to Illinois, and he said, 'I want to go to,'" Schmoyer told CBN News.

Dylan Stanek felt the same pull in his heart.

"I had that gut feeling I needed to come and so I was like, well, if I need to sleep in the back of my car, I'll sleep in the back of my car," Stanek said.

The Schmoyers weren't the only ones who changed vacation plans to join Operation Blessing at work in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Working together, they renovated a home for Amanda Headrick, a young mother who went into labor shortly after the tornado hit. But she had no home to return to after giving birth.

While she was in the hospital, her family contacted Operation Blessing. And the organization worked around-the-clock to deliver the surprise new place.

"I was amazed we were alive and then I opened my front door and cried my eyes out.  My whole neighborhood was gone," Headrick recalled.

"They just did so much for our family. This is something a two-income family work their whole lives to achieve," she said. "I'm so, so lucky and thankful."

Find how you can volunteer for this relief effort. Join Operation Blessing in the field.

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