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Faces of the Storm: Joey & Amy Keil

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the people who lent a helping hand to those of us with damage from the tornado that struck our neighborhood last Thursday.

It was so wonderful watching our community pull together to help us dig out from under the destruction from the high winds and falling trees. We knew we had wonderful friends, family and neighbors, but these people are truly our heroes. Such great hearts...

When trees fell on our neighbor's home destroying it, only minutes later many, many neighbors and friends were there to do anything they could to help get Angie Dixon, her children and their belongings safely out of their home. Family and friends were there to help her all evening and the following day, salvaging what they could while crews worked on removing trees from the house.

Our thanks to the City of Thomson crews, including the City Police Department and the wonderful crews of the Solid Waste Disposal team - who loaded debris from our yards tirelessly for two days straight. Sorry for working you so hard, guys.

We can't thank the people who randomly showed up, wanting to help. People just wandering up with chainsaws asking to be pointed in a direction to start. We thank you all. Friends of friends, people we barely know and people we didn't know at all - just wanting to do what they could to help.

Special thanks to Bridgett Paulson and her family for organizing meals for everyone working in the neighborhood - catering for 200 workers. Thanks to Neal's Bar-B-Que and Olive Garden and others for donating food to feed all of us as we worked.

Thanks to Chris Powell and Charlie Newton for everything they did for the whole neighborhood - moving quickly from yard to yard removing trees that we would not have been able to move otherwise.

The tireless efforts continue to astound and deeply touch us.

We are so thankful that no one was seriously injured. We are all safe. Even our animals are all safe. Material possessions can and will be replaced.

More thanks to Leon Newsome and Farm Bureau for being on the spot - literally. We have no doubt that everything possible will be done to insure that everything we lost will be replaced. The comfort in that has helped us through all of this.

We're still shell-shocked and running on fumes now, but we've survived the worst of it - and thankful that we are here to do so.

Our neighbors, family and friends are simply the best - we only hope that we would be as good of a person as you've all been to us if the situation were reversed.

You're our heroes. Thank you all.



Web posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007













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