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Yazoo County woman to get new home months after tornado

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 YAZOO COUNTY, MS (WLBT) -  Crews broke ground on a new house for a woman who lost everything including her home, most of her belongings and even a sister in the April 24th tornado.  

With every hammering of a nail and each buzz from a saw Grace Coker was closer to having a home again.

"It's just coming together.  All these fine people, these friends.  Everything is going to be alright," said Coker.

We met Coker just days after the April 24th tornado sifting through the rubble, looking for belongings.  Her 78 year old sister, Stella Martin, was killed in the storm.

"I'm more heartbroken over my sister than I am material possessions," she said then.

Coker has been living with grandchildren ever since, but not for much longer.  The Yazoo Humanitarian Recovery Project is combining Coker's resources, volunteer labor and donations.  The group is made up of local people with a heart to help.

"I've been in construction the biggest part of my life.  The county and the people have been good to me and I just felt like it was time I paid something back," said YHRP construction supervisor Billy Brewer. 

 He has help in several men from Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Sevierville, Tennessee.

"Seeing something come out of the tragedy, something good, knowing that you could have a small part," said volunteer Marty Huddleston.

It is no small gift to Coker who is ready to start rebuilding her life after the storm. "This is a new beginning.  It sure is and I just can't wait to get in my house," said Coker.

Brewer says volunteers were everywhere the weeks following the tornado, but are harder to find now.  They are in need of donations and volunteers to continue helping tornado survivors.  If you are interested contact Gerald Glasco at (601) 720-4316.

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