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Operation Blessing Provides Home Makeover

When a massive tornado ripped through their town, Nathan Powell and his four children lost nearly everything they owned – including their home. See how you provided hope to this family when they needed it most. Read Transcript


WHEN A MASSIVE TORNADO

RIPPED THROUGH JOPLIN

MISSOURI, NATHAN POWELL AND

HIS FOUR CHILDREN HUDDLED BELOW

THE STAIRS LOOKING AT THEIR

SECOND STOREY APARTMENT, IT'S

HARD TO BELIEVE ANYONE SURVIVED.

IT MAKES ME FEEL SAD BECAUSE

IT'S JUST LIKE GONE.

NATHAN HAS DEALT WITH MAJOR

LUNG AND HEART PROBLEMS FOR

YEARS, THEY KNOW IT'S REALLY

IMPORTANT.

IT'S ONLY STUFF.

THE KIDS ARE HERE.

FOR THE TIME BEING, THIS

SINGLE DAD AND HIS FOUR KIDS

ARE STAYING IN A VERY SMALL

APARTMENT.

THIS IS WHERE ALL OF YOU

GUYS ARE STAYING?

.

THERE'S ONLY TWO PEOPLE THAT

CAN BE AT THE TOP OF THE BED SO

I HAD TO STAY IN THE BOTTOM.

IT'S A LITTLE BIT CROWDED BY IT

WORKS.

WITH SISTERS KIM BEERSINGER,

KIEL LER AND KELSEY IN ONE

ROOM, NATHAN HAS A ROOM BY

HIMSELF OFF THE BEDROOM.

BRADLEY HAS IT WORST OF ALL.

THIS IS WHERE I STAY.

THIS IS WHERE I YOU'RE

STAYING?

.

THIS IS WHERE I CURRENTLY

SLEEP.

THIS ISN'T THE SIZE OF A

WALK-IN CLOSET.

I'M SURE YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD

TO HAVING YOUR OWN ROOM

HOPEFULLY SOME DAY SOON?

.

YEAH, THAT WOULD BE NICE.

ER.

AFTER THE TORNADO, NATHAN

GOT A GOOD DEAL AN A DAMAGED

HOUSE, WITH HIS LUNG PROBLEMS,

HE'S PUT IN A LOT OF TIME IN

THE HOUSE.

I'VE WORKED EVERY DAY, EVERY

HOUR THAT WAS AVAILABLE WITH

EVERY VOLUNTEER THAT'S BEEN AT

THAT HOUSE UNTIL THE LAST WEEK.

OPERATION BLESSING, JODIE

GUESSING TOLD NATHAN AND THE

KIDS TO GIVE THEM A WEEK TO

HELP THEM OUT, HOME DEPOT AND

OPERATION BLESSING HAS BEEN OUT

EVER SINCE, THEY FOUND NATHAN

AND BRAD ARE INTO FISH TANKS,

SO THEY'RE MAKING DAD A SPECIAL

PROJECT.

FISH IS SOMETHING WE GOT

INTO SINCE MY DAD'S HEART

SURGERY.

ER

THEY SUGGESTED WE GET FISH

AND WATCH THEM BECAUSE IT

BRINGS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN.

THE VOLUNTEERS STARTED WITH

OPENING UP THE FLOOR PLAN TO

GIVE THIS FAMILY OF FIVE SPACE

THAT'S SPREAD OUT.

THE HOUSE NEEDS A LOT OF WORK

BOTH INSIDE AND OUT.

FROM REPLACING 30 WINDOWS TO

WIRING, FLOORING, LANDSCAPING

AND MASONRY, THEY EVEN HAVE TO

REPLACE A BUNCH OF STONE THAT

THE TORNADO BLEW AWAY AND THE

CLOCK IS TICKING.

SO, WE CAME OUT WITH JODIE

TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE PROGRESS

ON THE HOUSE AND IT IS

UNBELIEVABLE AT HOW MUCH WORK

THERE IS TO BE DONE, THERE ARE

PILES AND MATERIALS EVERYWHERE,

THE FAMILY IS COMING HOME

TOMORROW AND TONIGHT IT'S GOING

TO BE CRAZY.

THE CREW WORKED OVERNIEKT BY

FLASHLIGHT AND HEADLIGHT BUT MY

MORNING, THERE WAS STILL A LOT

LEFT TO DO.

ALL THAT HARD WORK WAS ABOUT TO

PAY OFF.

[APPLAUSE].

JUST SEEING THE OUTSIDE OF

THE HOUSE, THEY KNEW A LOT MORE

THAN BEEN ACCOMPLISHED THAN

THEY EVER IMAGINED.

THEN THEY WALKED INSIDE.

OH MY GOD (CRYING).

LOOK AT IT.

IT WAS QUITE AN OVERWHELMING

MOMENT, I THINK IT'S KIND OF

COMFORTABLE WHEN THESE GUYS

WERE BORN, IT WAS A MOMENT LIKE

THAT.

WITH ALL THE VOLUNTEER LABOR

AND A TON OF DONATED OR

DISCOUNTED SUPPLIES AND

FURNISHINGS, THEIR HOUSE WAS

COMPLETELY RENOVATED, THEY MADE

A BEELINE TO THEIR ROOM.

IT'S AWESOME.

NOW WE GET TO HAVE SLEEP

OVERS A LOTS WITH OUR FRIENDS.

NOW WHEN I WALK IN MY ROOM,

I FEEL LIKE A CELEBRITY, IT'S

AWESOME IN MY ROOM.

CLOSE BY, BIG SISTER KIM

BEER HAS A ROOM OF HER OWN.

LOOK AT IT, DAD (CRYING).

YOU'VE GOT A CLOSET, HONEY.

LOOK AT THE CLOSET.

WELL, IT WAS AMAZING TO ME

BECAUSE IT WAS ACTUALLY ALL OF

MY FAVORITE COLORS, BLUE, BLACK

AND WHITE AND IT WAS FULLY

FURNISHED AND I HAVE A CLOSET

AND A DRESSER NOW.

THEY WORKED THEIR WAY BACK

AND WENT THROUGH EVERY INCH OF

THE HOUSE.

I CAN'T WAIT TO EAT

BREAKFAST HERE.

HEY, DAD, LOOK.

OH, WOW, LOOK AT THAT.

.

I THINK THAT ONE'S THE BEST.

THAT WAS AWESOME.

YEAH, I WAS LIKE, WE FINALLY

HAVE A BIG FISH TANK.

IT WAS NEAT BECAUSE IT WAS

ONE OF OUR DREAMS FOR THE HOUSE

AND IT HAPPENED AND THAT'S

REALLY REALLY COOL.

.

ER AFTER SPENDING A FEW MONTHS

SLEEPING IN A CLOSET, BRADLEY

WENT DOWN THE HALL AND OPENED

HIS DOOR TO HIS NEW BEDROOM.

.

DAD, LOOK AT MY ROOM.

BRADLEY ALSO CHECKED OUT HIS

CLOSET AND HE WAS GLAD TO SEE

IT WASN'T A WALK-IN.

I ACTUALLY HAVE MY CLOSE IN

THERE INSTEAD OF A BED.

BRADLEY'S RIGHT ACROSS THE

HALL FROM HIS DAD.

HE HAS A BEDROOM TO HANG OUT

IN AND GET SOME ALONE TIME FROM

US.

I DON'T KNOW WHEN IT WILL

SINK IN, IT WILL BE YEARS

BEFORE I CAN SIT BACK AND SAY,

WOW, LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED.

I WAS THINKING HOW MANY PEOPLE

IT TOOK THAT WERE LED BY GOD TO

GET TO THIS POINT.

THAT IS REALLY REFRESHING IN

THIS WORLD.

IT'S SO COOL THAT GOD'S STILL

WILLING TO TEACH US AND SHOW US

THAT HE PROVIDES, HE PROVIDES.

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