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Hundreds of Families Homeless after Weekend Tornadoes

Lori Cooper at her damaged home Lori Cooper at her damaged home

By Colleen Casselton

"Me and my husband are staying in a camper in my mother's back yard and my kids are staying in her house...but its not the same because they're not with me...its just not the same," says Lorie Cooper. 

Her family is one of over one-hundred left homeless after the tornadoes that ripped through South Carolina this weekend.  When the storm hit their Elgin, SC home, Cooper rushed her two daughters into a closet, hoping it would keep them safe

"I just told them to hold onto each other until I got back.  When I came back, they were still holding each other and singing Jesus loves me," she explains the fear she had for her kids. 

The closet the kids were crouched in was the only room in the home that was untouched by the storm.  The roof had been ripped off and the windows were smashed.  Cooper's family had no insurance and has no money to rebuild their home.  She says they must rely on the help of others

"People that I don't even know are sending me things.  I just want to thank them all.  I don't even know them but they just keep helping us," she says. 

Cooper confesses she is still trying to deal with the fact that she can no longer go home. 

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