LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — Residents in Lincoln County are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives that were torn apart by Monday’s storms. It’s a tough time for the community, but they’re sticking together and helping each other out.
Randy Waller’s home in the town of Kelso was damaged during the severe weather, but his spirit is high. “The house looks pretty good now, you should have seen it two hours ago,” he laughed. ‘I mean it’s just amazing to me that these people have done, it’s just amazing to me their hearts,” said Waller.
Randy didn’t know the volunteers that were working on his house Saturday, but he’s grateful for them. He had never met them until they showed up on his property wanting to help. “They wouldn’t take no for an answer,” he joked.
The volunteers asking if they could help him wasn’t the first act of kindness Randy saw this week. After the tornado hit his home, he went to check in with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Dept. mobile command post up the street. He left his truck and went inside to get permission to go back into his storm-ravaged neighborhood. “I came back and I don’t know who did it but someone left $360 in twenty dollar bills in my front seat and I can’t tell you how much it meant,” he said. “It just brought tears to my eyes.”
The outpouring of support and generosity for his community has been overwhelming. “Being in a situation like this, you know the Red Cross and people who’ve been bringing food out and water, and they have just been so unbelievably caring, it just really touches your heart.”
While the volunteers continued to hammer away on his roof, Randy took a look at what’s left of his home.
As he realized how much his new friends have helped him, the people that arrived as strangers — left as heroes.
“The work that they did, they’re all angels,” he said. “You know, I didn’t know before but now I know what angels look like.”
Note: Randy wanted to specifically thank the crews that helped him on Saturday from The Rock in Huntsville, The Rock in Fayetteville, and Park City Church of Christ.