Volunteers rebuild home destroyed by tornado
In March, a tornado touched down in Bladenboro. The Norris family home was in it’s path.
The two story home split in two.
“The power went out and my husband and my daughter ran to the back of the house for flashlights and you just heard it like a freight train like everyone says,” said homeowner Stephanie Norris.
Now a few months later, construction on a new home is underway.
A new roof, plumbing and electrical work is all going in with the help of volunteers.
Dozens of volunteers from the Baptist Men’s Association have been tirelessly working for days to help rebuild what a tornado took in minutes.
Some of these volunteers have travelled far and wide to help those in need, like volunteer Gary Pope.
“It’s the same as going to Mississippi after a storm or whatever, we just were able to do this at home.”
Stephanie Norris says her family has been through a lot. She was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. She won her battle with cancer, and believes she is once again a winner.
“You can dwell on what happened that night but it happened for a reason. All the people who have come into our lives and have blessed us from then and it has just been a gift, it’s been a blessing in disguise.”
This blessing just happens to be a new home.
While building their home the Norris family is also gearing up for back to school. Stephanie and Eddie Norris are both teachers. Incidentally, some of the volunteers happen to be a few of their former students.
It’s amazing what a few nails, wood and some concrete can do. For one Bladen County family, it can change a case of bad luck into good fortune.
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