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A West Liberty family gets a big surprise from a group of strangers

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

They lost everything last Friday when a tornado hit their home. The LeMasters were just one of the thousands of families displaced in West Liberty after an EF-3 tornado ripped through their town.

Karen Haskins, principal of Breckenridge Elementary in Lexington, was so moved by the damage in West Liberty that she decided she wanted to help. "When I saw everything on TV I knew I needed to do something," explains Haskins, "I prayed about it and asked God what I should do. I called a school in West Liberty and asked them to give me a family who had lost everything. The LeMasters fell into our lap, it was fate."

Volunteers spent hours decorating, stocking and preparing a camper that Haskins gifted to the LeMasters family. "It is amazing to see all the love here, all for a family we've never even met. This is what it is about, people uniting together for the greater good of one family."

Haskins also was able to get a car donated to the LeMasters family.
The LeMasters, who have three kids, say they've been living in a West Liberty shelter since the tornadoes hit. "You have no idea what you guys have done for my family," explains Stacy LeMasters, "this has changed our life, we can live again as a family. You guys have given us hope when we thought we lost all of it."

A local church donated space for the LeMasters to park their camper at in Rowan County. The church has offered to pay for all their utilities as well.

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