MOORE, Okla. - As the cleanup began Thursday in Moore, an unexpected group of helpers stepped in to work.
The group consisted of Air Force Academy cadets from Colorado Springs.
The group says they decided to work in Oklahoma over spring break.
"Picking up a lot of rubble, a lot of debris," Sage Cunningham, one of the cadets, said.
"I teach college. My kids were worried about bikinis and tan lines last week. These kids are out here picking up other people's garbage,"said Mel Odom, whose house was damaged by the storm.
Mel Odom's family was one of the many helped by the cadets.
"They took chainsaws and sawed down limbs, which would have taken us days, in just hours," said Odom.
Most of the cadets had never seen a tornado before Wednesday night.
They've been in town for several days working with Habitat For Humanity.
On Thursday, they knew their help would be valuable in a neighborhood hit by the storm.
It is help that residents were grateful to receive.
"These are great people," Odom said.