Church Helps Homeless Tornado Victim

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Round Mountain Community Church volunteers organized a work day to clean up debris from Orvetta Cox’s home that was destroyed by Tuesday’s tornado.

"She's like a mom and grandma to many generations in the church,” Pastor Tim Beers said. “When she had her time of need, we are going to be there for her."

Cox's home is on Hummingbird Road just outside of Elkins.

Cox survived by taking cover in the hallway. Within minutes, she realized her home, for more than 50 years, was gone.

"I thought, ‘oh boy it's gone’ and I went into the front room and the whole roof was gone," Cox said.

According to the National Weather Service, the EF-1 Tornado had winds of up to 105 mph and traveled for more than four miles.

Volunteers brought their own equipment and placed debris in piles to be burned.

Cox, who said she was almost 90, may have lost her home, but she's thankful she has already found a new place to live. Her new home will be the Round Mountain Community Church parsonage.

Orvetta will watch over the church for the rest of her days.

"Everybody has been so good to me. God has been so good,” Cox said. “It might have taken the house, but He's still been awfully good."

Community members said they're only returning the favor to Cox who has given so much to others.

Cox and her husband helped start the Round Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

"Orvetta and her husband Kenny gave themselves to the community," Beers said. "It's only natural for it to turn around when she needs it, the community is here," Beers said.

Cox donated her home to the Round Mountain Volunteer Fire Department to be used for a practice burn.

Click here to read Orvetta's survival story.