Family of DeKalb County Tornado Victim Receives New Home

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A Dekalb County family who lost their house and a child last April received keys to a new home Friday.

Clifford Goins and his family had to wait outside the Rainsville house until 1 p.m.

Then they were finally allowed to see the inside of their new home, built by volunteers in just 30 days.

"I love these people, they're great," Goins said.

"They were God-sent by the way they act because the devil ain't got nothing that good."

He spent seven weeks in a coma after the tornado.

His suffered a broken neck, and when he finally woke up, one of his legs was gone.

So was his granddaughter, Hannah.

"When I was in the hospital I cried two days when I found out the storm had killed her," he said.

I was thinking to myself, she's only 3 years old, she doesn't known right from wrong, and then it dawned on me, she's with Jesus and that made it so much easier."

Goins said it's still not easy but it puts a smile on his face and a warmth in his heart.

The same is true for the people who made this house happen.

"To see his needs being fulfilled somewhat, is just a real blessing to me," Frank Chewning said. 

He and his wife Shirlene came from South Carolina to help out after the storms last year.

They returned to do more on the six month anniversary in October, and came back again on April 27 to stay until the completion of a big project.

"I wanted to come down and build a complete house--not just do one component of the house--but to come down and supervise the house being completed and turning the keys over to the homeowners," Frank said.

Shirlene came to cook meals for volunteers, who came in groups for a week at a time to build particular sections of the house.

"We got to really know the people that stayed in the house with us and it was just a blessing to get to know so many people and see the love for what we're doing here," Shirlene said.

Local coordinators from the Upper Sand Mountain Parish commended the Chewnings for their missionary work, but Frank shrugged off praise.

"This is what we should be doing is helping people like that, who can't help themselves." 

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