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Donations help Ringgold tornado victims rebuild

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RINGGOLD, GA.  (WRCB)  --  A Ringgold woman, who lost everything in last month's storm, will rebuild her home.  She has the opportunity to start over, thanks to the generosity of others.

JoPearl Adams lost not one, but two homes on April 27th.  There is little left of her longtime home, and the house her sons were building with her life savings.

For 27 years JoPearl Adams worked at Shaw Industries, raising four boys alone, and saving close to $30,000.  She was using the money to build a new house, her lifelong dream.

Her sons, Danny and Ray Adams, were building the home for her.  Adams was one month away from moving in when the tornadoes hit.

"I'll just be glad when I can be back home," she says.  Thirty-three days since the April 27th tornadoes and JoPearl Adams' home in Ringgold doesn't look much different, but that doesn't mean anything has changed.

"I feel great," she says.  "The Lord sent me some angels." 

Adams rode out the storms safely inside a closet, but the dream home her sons were building next door was gone.  Having never built a house before, the family made the mistake of waiting to long into the construction process to purchase a Builders Risk insurance policy, leaving Adams with nothing.

"I thought I would have to bake cakes and pies the rest of my life," she says with a chuckle.    In the last month, she's learned just how giving her community can be.

"I can't remember everyone," she says.  "Just different people gave me money.  Some of them I know, some I don't." 

The biggest donation, $20,000, came anonymously from a business man.  "No praise, no nothing," she says.  "He just donated for me to get my house." 

Through the help of a local church, a group of volunteers from Louisiana will help her sons with the construction.  With the help of the volunteers, rebuilding the house will only take 2 months.

"I just want to thank them," she says.  "Thank God for it all, I don't know if I can thank them enough for what they've done." 

Just in case disaster strikes again, Adams has her insurance policy ready.  "We got it," she says.  "We finally found somebody who would write it." 

So far Adams has received around $35,000 in donations, which means her sons can add a carport to the home.  Plans for the volunteer group to come to Ringgold haven't been finalized.

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