Moore Tornado Victims Recall Storm, Find Hope

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MOORE, Okla. -- The tornado that hit Moore, Okla., one week ago today cut a 17-mile-wide trail of destruction.

As the storm bore down on the town, the first thing Kris (Sparky) Molskness did was pick up his two children, Nicole and Tyler, from school.

"I had gone to pick up my kids from Santé Fe Elementary to get them with me because I knew they'd be safest with me," Molskness told CBN News.

From a distance, he managed to capture the EF5's violent path through his hometown on video.

"Get in your tornado shelter. Get in your safe area. There it is! Wow! Look at that," he exclaimed as he filmed the approaching twister.

As soon he could, Molskness made his way to Fourth Street where he saw what was left of the city's disc golf course, which he'd spent lots of time helping to build.

"I guess it was on autopilot coming down Fourth Street naturally," he remarked.

He was among the first to reach the nearby 7-Eleven where the Army veteran began helping victims on the scene.

"There was just no question about it," he said. "I knew people were hurt and going to need some help."

But he was too late to help a 29-year-old mother, who died along with her four-month-old baby boy.     

For a moment, he regretted having his children with him.     

"Unfortunately, with them being with me, they got to see some things I really wish they wouldn't have," he said.

Still, he believes even something as tough as that can potentially change his kids' lives for the better.

"I hope it makes them stronger," he said. "I hope it makes them more caring and it teaches them how to love and give back to their fellow man."

It's a lesson his children are learning from their parents firsthand.

Just after the tornado struck, Sparky and his wife, Rene, have been helping friends and strangers, with their kids in tow.

They spent next month's rent, $1,300, to buy food, water and other supplies to help their neighbors.

"Hopefully, they see that and they gain some strength and turn around and help somebody else [with] some support," he said.

It's evident in Moore that it takes a team of volunteers -- those from the community and those who have come from outside -- to really make the recovery possible.

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