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March 25, 2014

Moore family one step closer to new home

MOORE — Three little words — “Raise that wall” — mean a lot to a Moore family that is starting to rebuild their lives after May 20 changed them forever.

On Monday afternoon — among mounds of dirt, stacks of sheetrock and the sounds of hammers and table saws — Pastor Craig Wright of Faith Crossing Baptist Church victoriously announced those three words.

The walls, which were built earlier Monday morning, were being raised at 816 SW 10th St. in Moore by the Hutchinson Amish Youth Group for Yannet Hodson and her son, Nathaniel, 12. Hodson and Nathaniel lost everything in the May tornado.

“Last night, I could not sleep. There was so much on my mind,” Yannet said.

Monday’s project was the start of 10 properties that will be built in tornado-stricken areas by Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity.

Prior to Monday’s wall raising, Linda Banta, CCHFH executive director, thanked the many volunteers, staff, city of Moore officials and board members who made the event possible.

“One thing that makes me think is that as horrid as the tornado was and the devastation from the tornado, it brings out the undercover angels,” Banta said.

Banta also noted that Monday’s wall raising was made possible through gracious funds provided by people who donated after the storms.

“With continued support of our sponsors and volunteers, we’ll address affordable housing needs in Cleveland County and over the next year, specifically rebuild Moore,” Banta said.

Yannet spoke to the crowd of about 40 who were on hand for the wall raising. Yannet was one of the first families to come to CCHFH to apply for a house after the tornado.

“I don’t know any of them (Hutchinson Amish Youth Group), and they are giving their time and their effort and leaving their families for a little while,” Yannet said. “I couldn’t have done this without you guys. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. My son and I are indebted to you.”

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