Tornado Survivor Collects Donations for Oklahoma Victims

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) --   It's no secret that communities across the nation come together in times of need, and this time is no different. A tornado survivor is now making sure that victims of the Oklahoma storms are receiving as much help as possible.

Jennifer Adair is an East Limestone resident who has survived three tornadoes since 2009. She is on a mission to give back to those who were there for her family during a time of need. Adair's home was destroyed during the storms of April 27, 2011. It left her feeling hopeless and scared of what the future would hold.

"Seeing the Oklahoma damage brings back a lot of memories," said Adair. "You see people walking around lost and confused and I remember those moments, you're terrified because you don't know where you're going to go or what you're going to eat or what you're going to wear because you don't have any clothes left."

Adair told WHNT News 19 one of the biggest blessings after April 27 was the donation of gift cards to her family.

"They were wonderful for us to use just anytime we needed them, for whatever we might need that popped up," she said.

Adair is organizing a collection of gift cards to send to the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. It's a way for her to lend a helping hand and give thanks to the reason she says she made it through three tornadoes.

"It was the grace of God," she said. "That's the only reason I'm here, there's no other explanation."

On Saturday, May 25, at the Athens Police Department at 951 E. Hobbs St., Adair will be collecting gift cards for Oklahoma’s tornado victims. Adair said victims can use the cards to buy clothes, toiletry items, toys or food. The gift cards will go to Journey Church in Norman, Okla., where a shelter has been established.

Adair’s goal is to raise $4,027 in gift card donations in memory of the deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama on 4/27.

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