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Greenway, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Good Neighbors Give Tornado Displaced Family Home

April 5, 2006 – Posted at 6:52 p.m. CST

GREENWAY, AR -- It's unfortunate that it takes the worst of times to bring out the best of people, but that's often the case. After tragedies like Sunday's tornadoes, good neighbors can be found helping those in need.

The Priest family has lived at 505 N. 3rd Street in Marmaduke for the last 35 years.  Now, after the damage caused by Sunday's storms, they face the challenge of rebuilding their lives, one step at a time.

“It's really tiresome you know, we’re just give out. But you can't quit, you just have to go on,” said tornado survivor Donald Priest.

It was the home in which they raised their children and now it's nothing more than a memory. But Donald and Alla Jean Priest are working on creating a new life, in a new home. One that has been donated to them.

“I was shocked!” said survivor Alla Jean Priest, “I couldn't believe that anybody would do that. And we've never even been down this road.”

“If I was in that situation I would be hoping somebody would help me. Luckily, I had a house available and was glad to be able to do it,” said Neil Morgan.

Morgan and his family lived at the rural Greenway home for 18 years before they moved last fall. The house sat vacant until he and his cousin Mike Morgan decided to make the priest family neighbors.

“Neil said we could stay here for as long as we wanted...and you can't beat that!” smiled Alla Jean Priest.

“I think we gained a good neighbor. They are right here with us now and we've got a good neighbor and we got a good neighbor here now,” said Mike Morgan.

And understandably, it's hard to express so much gratitude.

“I will always be grateful for what Neil and Mike have done for us. I told him that I would make him a big coconut cake...and he loves that!” laughed Alla Jean Priest.

As the Priest family moves forward with the next chapter of their lives, they say it wouldn't be possible without the help and support of their good neighbors.

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