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Claude and Loria Adams and their adult son survived a June 19, 2023 tornado in downtown Moss Point, Mississippi, by huddling in their bathroom. When the storm passed, only two walls were left standing in the entire house—and they were the bathroom walls!

The Adams have been living with relatives since that day. On Nov. 7, they received a call that Lorias mothers house, a mile or so away, had burned, sending her mother and her niece to the hospital, where they remained, recovering from smoke inhalation and other injuries, until Dec. 7.

Hard times for the Adams family—but their spirits are lifting once again, thanks to Disaster Aid Ohio and MDS. The volunteers were able to preserve the foundation and some of the plumbing to begin the process of building a new home for the Adams.

—Contributed by Paige Roberts, president of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

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