Tornado victims overcome with kindness from strangers
MOORE, Okla. – People all over the country have zeroed in on Oklahoma, wanting to lend a helping hand for tornado victims, whether that includes physical labor, sending words of hope or giving away items in need.
News Channel 4’s Ashley Kringen gave away gift cards and cash to victims in Moore on Monday.
“How does a $50 credit card, just for anything you can use?” Kringen said.
“So, happy, thank you,” Yelton said.
Help and hugs are two things Naitha Yelton said she desperately needs right now.
Somehow, Yelton survived the deadly storm by hiding underneath her bed with her friend and dogs.
“I wonder why, but there’s a reason and all we can do is bless God and move on,” said Yelton.
Just down the street from Yelton, Kristy and Andra Eckhoff, along with their two little ones, stood in awe at what’s left of their home.
“I want to go home, I just want to lay in our bed. Don’t cry mom. I’m sorry,” Kristy Ekhoff said.
The Eckhoffs have been married for two years, work together at Pizza Hut, while at the same time raising a family.
They said don’t know what to do next.
“It hasn’t really hit us. It’s getting closer and closer because we savaged a lot of things, but when we go through it, we have to throw it all out,” Eckhoff said.
With two boys, Hayden and Keaton, and no home to play in, the Eckhoff’s could use a little help with everyday needs and a $350.
Walgreens gift card later, the two moms said they’re forever grateful to the unknown donor out there.
“It’s amazing, tell them thank you. You guys can take those; I know it can’t take away everything.”
The helping hand of a stranger seems to pop up throughout the communities affected by the devastating tornadoes.
Yelton said she treasures the bonds she’s made with unexpected helpers who have come from all over the country.
“I’ve had the most wonderful people and made the most wonderful friends. God has blessed me with much help,” Yelton said.