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Picking Up the Pieces

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A tornado tore through Garland, Texas, Dec. 26, damaging or destroying at least 600 homes. 

As tornado survivors near Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland, Texas, picked up the pieces of their ruined homes, neighborhood streets teemed with activity from first responders, media outlets, and volunteers.

At least 43 deaths in the U.S. were attributed to severe weather that week, including floods in southern states and tornadoes in Texas. 

World Vision assisted families impacted by the deadly weather events in Texas and Mississippi.

“Houses, the majority of them I’m looking at, do not have roofs,” said Phyllis Freeman, World Vision’s domestic disaster response director, who went to Garland to assess the situation. “You can see the ductwork that would be in the attic. You can see the insulation for sure.”

The organization dispatched truckloads of relief supplies Dec. 28 from its North Dallas warehouse, which included hygiene kits, family food packs, blankets, heaters, and clothing. World Vision also worked with local partner churches and organizations to address needs and distribute emergency supplies like cots and bedding.

Survivors told Phyllis, “We’re still here; our stuff is gone; but it’s just stuff.”

Photo©2015 World Vision, Matthew Miller/Genesis Photos

 

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