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Community Pitches in to Help Tornado Victims

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HILLSBOROUGH — While we escaped another Friday night of severe weather, one community is banding together to help one family recover from the last one. A small but volatile tornado destroyed a family's Orange County home Wednesday.

A debris-filled field greeted Angela Gregory when she came home from work earlier this week. A tornado had destroyed her home. There are only cinderblocks, tin from the roof and shreds of wood left where the home stood in northern Orange County. The Gregory's are staying with family members for now.

Over the past few days, Gregory's neighbors have come by to see the destruction for themselves. They've been so moved, many of them have pitched in to get the Gregory family back on its feet.

Debris from the Gregory's home is scattered over 26 acres of Orange County. A mattress was found 3/4 of mile away. Signs greet passersby, in the hopes they will become good samaritans. Janet Boudreaux made the trip from Chapel Hill so her son, Cam, could see the devastation himself.

"We're out here because I thought Cam could use a little help in feeling generous," Boudreaux says. "He's agreed to give up his Sega game system, some clothes and some toys."

Cam says he feels pretty lucky after seeing the destruction. He plans to donate his video game system to Gregory's sons, who are about his age.

"They don't have anything," Cam explains, "and I have a lot of stuff I don't really need."

The Hillsborough Moose Lodge is organizing the effort to find clothes, furniture and a new home for the Gregory's. Donations can be dropped off at the Moose Lodge at 202 Holiday Park Road. For more information, you can call 919-732-2602. The family needs everything from clothes to household items. Cash donations are also appreciated.

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Stephanie Hawco, Reporter
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