An early morning start today took us straight to the University of Alabama’s Baptist Campus Ministries, whom supplied us with an incredible home-cooked breakfast! We are so thankful for all the donors for the wonderful meals we are having. After breakfast we headed straight to the site for another full day of work. Today was spent on many various jobs such as painting siding, constructing doors and walls, and finishing some roofing, among many others.
Today, Taylor, a graduate assistant to the Office of Public Service, was able to talk to some of the homeowners of the house we are building. It was very humbling and eye-opening to hear the first hand account of the mother’s point of view from the day of the tornado. Not only is she a mother, she is a mother of ten. They do not all live at home, but the two youngest do. She recounts hearing the tornado coming, which she describes sounding like a train, and running with her husband and two youngest kids into the utilities closet, which her husband had to shut with both arms due to the strength of the winds. While they were in the closet, she said she could hear the walls around the closet falling. In addition to the other walls falling, she said the only thing holding up the walls of the closet they were in were her husband and her son. Walking out and seeing her house devastated is something she said she will never forget. However, over-arching all of these circumstances, she is glad that her family is alive and well. She is grateful for each day, and she describes it as you “got to get up and just keep going”. Her positive attitude has definitely helped her get through these hard times.
Tonight we will be eating dinner at the Alabama Recreation Center pool, which will be catered by Moe’s Barbeque. We are having such a great time! Here are some more pictures from today’s events.