Canton Tornado Survival Story

May 11, 2017
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A four-year-old was found unscathed at the bottom of the “dogpile” in the bathtub, when the devastating tornadoes swept across Canton city in Texas last week. She was protected by her two older sisters who covered her while being struck repeatedly by flying debris, which included chunks of asphalt. Their dad was hugging the toilet when the tornado hit, and both he and the toilet went flying into the air about 130 feet and landed in the yard. He suffered nine broken ribs and a concussion. Mom was away from home at the time, but on the way back she found it extremely difficult to gain entry into their area. The family had lost their home, their barn, and three vehicles. Although bruised and battered from this deadly tornado, they were most thankful to be alive and to have each other, and are on the road to recovery now.

Texas Conference ACS provided assistance to them by delivering food, cleaning items, yard tools, personal care items, pet supplies, and paper products. Besides this family, the Texas ACS has served over 300 other families at the Distribution Center so far, and 250 families at remote drop off locations. They have also sent yard tools, gloves, snacks, trash bags, sunscreen, insect repellant, Gatorade, and bottled water with the clean up crews going out daily. Let us continue to remember the survivors of this tragedy, and also the volunteers that continue to serve and cater to the needs of the community.