Dresden storm victim sees new home for first time
DRESDEN, Tenn. — After all hope was lost, a tornado victim in Dresden was given her life back on Wednesday.
“I went from being homeless, and these people gave me a home and gave my life back to me,” said Cathy Gallimore, who lost her home in the devastating tornadoes in December of 2021.
With no home insurance to rebuild, she was afraid her home was gone for good.
“Sitting here in this chair, when I look out the window I see the same neighbors and the same yards. The same cars drive by and it just feels amazing to be home,” Gallimore said.
The organization, God’s Pit Crew restored Gallimore’s house, along with several other homes, were destroyed by the tornadoes.
Gallimore says there was barely anything left from her previous home, except for one thing.
“When the tornado hit, the door was in pieces down at the bottom. But they gathered it all up and took it off and had it restored and were able to put it into this home,” Gallimore said.
Along with restoring the door, those that had a hand in rebuilding filled the house with pictures of Gallimore’s loved ones to make it feel like her home.
And she says she can already envision celebrating the holidays. And that wouldn’t have been possible without God’s Pit Crew.
“I didn’t think we were going to be able to do that this year, but thanks to y’all, I get to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas this year in my home. I am so appreciative of each and everyone that volunteered. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible for me today,” Gallimore said.
Gallimore says she is excited to start making memories in her new home. She adds that she was overwhelmed at the love and support she has received.
God’s Pit Crew livestreamed Gallimore’s first tour of her home. You can watch it on Facebook here.
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