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A Tornado, A Newborn and A Fresh Start

An EF4 tornado destroyed Amanda Headrick’s neighborhood a few days before she gave birth to her son. Now that they were leaving the hospital, where could they go? Read Transcript


Reporter: LIKE ANY NEW

MOM, AMANDA LOOKED FORWARD

TO BRINGING HER NEW SON HOME

FROM THE HOSPITAL.

THE PROBLEM WAS, SHE DIDN'T

HAVE A HOME.

JUST DAYS BEFORE HER BABY

WAS BORN, AN EF-4 TORNADO

RIPPED THROUGH HARRISBURG,

ILLINOIS.

SHE AND HER 10-YEAR-OLD

DAUGHTER WERE TERRIFIED.

I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST THE

WORST THING IN THE WORLD.

MY WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS

GONE.

ALL YOU SEEN WAS FLASHLIGHTS

AND PEOPLE SCREAMING, HELP

US, HELP US, HELP US.

IT WAS THE SCARIEST THING

I'D EVER BEEN THROUGH.

Reporter: WHILE SHE WAS

IN THE HOSPITAL, HER AUNT

FOUND A MOBILE HOME FOR THE

YOUNG MOM TO RENT.

BUT IT WAS DIRTY AND IN

DESPERATE NEED OF REPAIR.

"OPERATION BLESSING" WAS ON

THE GROUND IN THE RAVAGED

TOWN.

AMANDA'S AUNT ASKED THEM FOR

HELP WITH BASIC NEEDS, LIKE

PAINTING AND MAYBE SOME NEW

CARPET.

INSTEAD OF PROVIDING BASIC

REPAIRS, "OPERATION

BLESSING" COMPLETELY MADE

OVER THE HOME.

INSTALLING NEW LINOLEUM AND

INSTALLING NEW APPLIANCES.

AND WE SUPPLIED A NURSERY

WITH CLOTHES FOR HER BABY,

AND, OF COURSE, A BEAUTIFUL

BEDROOM FOR AMANDA.

IT IS JUST BEAUTIFUL.

I NEVER EXPECTED ANYTHING

LIKE THAT.

I COULDN'T ASK FOR ANYTHING

MORE.

Reporter: BUT

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAD HAD

ONE MORE GIFT.

THE VOLUNTEERS COLLECTED

ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY HER RENT

FOR ALMOST A YEAR.

THIS IS SUCH A BLESSING.

IT IS SUCH A BLESSING TO

ME.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN

TO THANK EVERYBODY OR TO

SHOW MY APPRECIATION, BUT I

PROMISE, IF IT'S THE LAST

THING I DO, ONE DAY, SOME

HOW, SOME WAY, I WILL LET

EVERYBODY KNOW HOW THANKFUL

I AM AND I WILL HELP

SOMEBODY ELSE, JUST LIKE YOU

GUYS HELPED ME.

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