LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Even though some people lost everything after an EF3 tornado ripped through Claiborne and Campbell counties last Sunday, they say they're still thankful.
Peal Bowman isn't sure how she avoided last week's tornado.
“Nervous, I still feel, it's still affecting me,” she says.
She's thankful to be back in the Lord's house a week later.
“This is our church, this is our second home, really our first home."
It's a sentiment that can be felt throughout the congregation at Well Springs United Methodist Church in LaFollette.
Pastor Keith Hampson says, "We've come together as a people, and God has shown up on a regular basis to show us how people can be used by him."
Those people stood in church to share their blessings.
Bowman says, “It's not just this community, they've come from everywhere. I had people from Tazewell working in my yard. I had people from Crossville working in my yard, people from Morristown."
It's gratitude expressed from the bottom of Bowman's heart.
“I just can't thank the Lord enough for my blessings."
Local 8 News teamed up with the American Red Cross and Toyota Knoxville to deliver five truck loads of donated items to the church on Friday.
Pastor Hampson says the goal is to have all the donations distributed by Wednesday.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.