Singer/Songwriter comes home to help tornado victims

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

Rebecca Lynn Howard's singing and song writing career have made her name familiar across the region, but her roots are in hard-hit Magoffin County.

When she found out her hometown of Salyersville was devastated, she felt she had to come home.

Rebecca Lynn Howard said that what she saw as she was driving into Saylesville looked like something out of a movie, “Just utter devastation, I didn't expect it to be as bad as it really was.”

She said that pictures and video just can't do it justice.

“The enormity of the devastation just can’t be appreciated until you get here, and then you get a full panoramic view of everything, not just snap shots,” Howard said.

Howard says she immediately knew she had to jump in, help, and lend a hand where ever she could.

Thursday was the second time Howard visited the small community of Sugar Camp. She handed out warm food and hoped to put a smile on the faces of those who have seen such tragedy.

“Our neighbors over here, they lost everything, now everything they have is in the back of their car. It was all they were able to pick up,” Debbie Puckett said.

People we spoke with said the community's selfless help has been a huge blessing during this tragic time.

Howard says the fact that no one was killed in the community is truly by the grace of God.

“I 100% think that the only reason for that is because God had his hand on this county, there's no other explanation,” Howard said.

Howard remains confident that her hometown will bounce back, “Country people are tough, they have to work hard for what they get and they'll just have to work hard to get it back.”

Working to make their city back to normal step at a time.

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