MOORE, Okla. – After a tornado ravaged a Moore neighborhood, residents say they have come a long way from just a year ago.
Allan Johnson said, “I will never forget, I was holding my wife Jill’s hand and when we came around the corner, I said, ‘No matter what we see, it’s just stuff. We’ll be okay, we’ll be okay.”
Johnson, his wife and their children were able to find shelter elsewhere as their neighbor, Robert Kelly, watched in shock as the storm came straight for him.
“This house was the only one that’s standing and the one next to it,” Robert Kelly said. “The rest of them are new houses so we were on the line of total destruction.”
The entire Stone Meadows neighborhood will be transformed this weekend.
But for these folks, it’s not just a reason to party but also a celebration of new beginnings.
“After going through the storm, this entire neighborhood kind of bonded together,” Johnson said. “We just decided we are going to be connected.”
The party will have food, live music and a silent auction.
The American Red Cross will also hand out emergency kits for those affected.
Emergency personnel who helped this community most will also be honored.
“We want to give them something special from this neighborhood to their organization to say thank you, just an opportunity to give back,” Johnson said.