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Opinion

June 30, 2013

Thank you to all the volunteers who offered tornado relief aid

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Our family was a victim of the May 20 tornado in Moore. My brother, sister-in-law and nephew’s home in the Heatherwood neighborhood was completely destroyed, and my parents’ home just a few blocks away sustained heavy damage.

I’ve been to visit my family many times over the years and have always felt at home in Oklahoma. However, the compassion, generosity and genuine caring by complete strangers following the disaster were absolutely overwhelming.

I’d like to thank all of the nameless volunteers who helped make a terrible situation into a time of humble blessings. Help was always there for us — food or drink, gloves or sunscreen, prayers or signs of compassion.

The guys from Texas who helped tarp my parents’ home, the First Response Team of America who helped dig through the rubble, the neighbors who brought by a tent for shade, the group who came out of nowhere to help clean up my parents’ yard, the crew from Louisiana replacing power poles, a medical team from Philadelphia giving first aid, Joe from New York and crew who cleaned off my brother’s foundation (by hand), Coach Bob Stoops and crew helping clean up debris, Sherri from Petro who helped get my tire changed and the countless people coming by just wanting to help. It was amazing — truly amazing.

This devastation will pass, but the blessings we received will live in my heart forever.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Kendra Voss and family

North Bend, Neb.

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