Unsung heroes offer compassion, money to tornado victims

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GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. - When Mother Nature is at her absolute worst, human nature is ALWAYS at it's very best.

And, by all accounts, Jaye Kennedy and Shanna Riddle are extraordinary women.

Within hours of the recent tornado outbreak, Kennedy and Riddle were launching a crusade to help.

They recruited the expertise of 'Stitch This and More' to design, print and distribute more than 1,000 tornado relief T-shirts.

"They are amazing," Kennedy said. "They worked tirelessly."

They organized a community-wide hamburger cookout and personally delivered the proceeds to tornado victims.

They even bought a car for a woman who lost everything.

"They walked 5 miles to deliver money to victims, because they couldn't get through on closed roads," said family friend Makayla Perry. "Pretty special ladies. Awesome."

That's why several folks in the community nominated them for First Fidelity Bank Pay it 4Ward.

We surprised Kennedy and Riddle recently in Paul's Valley.

"It's pretty humbling when you go to someone's house and it's total devastation and you can put a couple of these in their hands and make them smile after what they've been through," Kennedy said. "So, we are pretty humbled by this."

"Definitely, this will all go back to the victims, and we plan to do more," Riddle said. "We aren't going to stop, because it could have been us. We crawled in that cellar that day, too."

Kennedy and Riddle have only one purpose - to share love and compassion with those who desperately need it.

"We hope we brought just a little bit of light to people in a time of darkness," Kennedy said. It was pretty rough seeing some things we saw that day."

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