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Volunteers hold final nail ceremony for Rainsville man

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"I just love the labor and the loyalty that they've put into this home," said homeowner James Sparks. "I just love the labor and the loyalty that they've put into this home," said homeowner James Sparks.
Volunteers held a final nail ceremony for James Sparks on Good Friday. Volunteers held a final nail ceremony for James Sparks on Good Friday.
RAINSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Rainsville man who lost his wife in the April 2011 tornados moved into his new home on Friday thanks to an international effort. The final nail ceremony was emotional.

It was a tough decision for James Sparks to rebuild where the memory of his wife still remains.

"I just love the labor and the loyalty that they've put into this home," he said.

Sparks has a lot to be thankful for.  On Good Friday, the keys were turned over to him for his new home, built by volunteers.

For Sparks, it was a happy day but also sad because not everyone in his home made it out alive that day.

"Yeah, it was kind of hard.  My wife was killed in the storm and everything else.  It's something I have to live with everyday," said Sparks.

But like his home and the homes before him, it was built by volunteers - volunteers like the two groups who came all the way from Canada just to help make a difference.

"It's just an opportunity to give back and just show our American friends that we're thinking of them up in Canada and, again, the warm weather is incentive too," said Canadian volunteer, Mike VanHemert.

Without his wife, Sparks is now working to rebuild his life and make this house a home again.

"Just by believing in the Lord, other people, and like this right here will push you on," he said.

Organizers said people called out to Jesus nearly two years ago after the storms. Some here believe this shows He's answering their calls.

"God has chosen to work through these people to be, actually be the hands and feet of Jesus.  To minister these people, not just to rebuild but help rebuild lives," said Roger Haney with the Long Term Recovery Committee.

The crews from Canada are now headed back home.

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