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DeKalb Co. family moves into home after April 2011 tornado

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For Stanley and Jackie Davis, it has been nearly two years since they have been home. For Stanley and Jackie Davis, it has been nearly two years since they have been home.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A DeKalb County family, neighbors and volunteers gathered Friday for a final nail ceremony, celebrating a return home two years after deadly tornadoes hit Alabama.

For Stanley and Jackie Davis, it has been nearly two years since they have been home.  Thanks to many volunteers, they now have a new home right where a twister destroyed their old one.

"With the help of this long term recovery, we was able to afford it," said Stanley.

For nearly two years, world renew disaster response services has helped find volunteers to come to Alabama to aid in the recovery effort.

Even after close to two years, volunteers are still coming.

"It not only blesses the people that are receiving the help, but it really blesses the volunteers as well," said Art Opperwall, volunteer program manager.

When volunteers arrive, everything is laid out and ready to go, even for a new home like the Davis's.

"Volunteers started coming in week by week and completed the home in five weeks," said Opperwall.

On Friday, a final nail ceremony was held for the Davis home.  Another was held down the road.  With so much work done, some said they are getting closer to repairing what the tornadoes of April 2011 destroyed.

"They see the light at the end of the tunnel, I think, but there seems to be needs that continue to come out of the woodwork," Opperwall said.

For the Davis', this is one step closer to normalcy.

"We've just been blessed.  I mean, I don't know how to explain it in words," said Jackie.

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