Springfield families continue to pick up the pieces after the Jun. 1. tornado struck Western Massachusetts more than a year ago including one couple, MaryAnn and Terry Humphries.
The Humphries have overcome the unimaginable to get where they are today.
"If somebody told me this story, I'd want to see proof," said Terry Humphries, homeowner of the newly constructed home.
First the tornado destroyed their home, causing more than a dozen trees to topple onto their property and home. .
The couple didn't have time to recover, because shortly after, Mr. Humphries was diagnosed with a deadly form of leukemia.
His illness gave the couple no time to fix their severely damaged home.
However, when the Humphries finally had time to start construction more than a year later, they encountered more problems.
The Humphries said a contractor, who had promised to repair their home, had robbed them of thousands of dollars and nothing but shoddy construction.
"We were down. We were really down," said Mr. Humphries.
That is when members of the Springfield community stepped-up to help.
"To take advantage of someone who is sick and has been through a disaster...I just thought it was wrong, I wanted to help, and I wanted to help in any way I could," said Adrian McCray, the president of Adrian Construction Co. in Springfield.
Between the help from a local contractor, and a neighborhood organization called Springfield Community Together, the Humphries were able to remove debris and rebuild the home from scratch in less than a month.
The Springfield Community Together organization was created shortly after the Jun. 1 tornado struck. Its goal is to help as many Springfield families as possible.
Come this Thanksgiving, the Humphries will have many things to be thankful for, including support from their community.
"There are too many words to say how thankful...more than you can ever imagine," said Mrs. Humphries.
There are still more than 200 families in Springfield that need help after the June 1 tornado.
To continue assisting these families, Springfield Community Together is asking for donations.
If you are interested in donating, go to www.springfieldcommunitytogether.com.
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