Joppa couple gets help rebuilding dream home

Updated: Aug. 7, 2011 at 11:37 PM CDT
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JOPPA, AL (WAFF) - A Joppa family who's home was destroyed by an EF-5 tornado on April 27th is getting help rebuilding.

Larry and Beverly Pirkle had just finished their dream home earlier this year.

"It took us about three years to build it. We had just been in it about four to five weeks when the tornado hit," said Larry.

Larry's wife's brother and sister lived on the same property; Their homes were also destroyed.

"Although the tornado came and took it away, all three of us will be building back," he said.

What he didn't expect, though, was having a new home by the end of the summer.

Volunteers have been on the Pirkle's property constructing a new home for them. The foundation has been laid and three walls are already up.

"It's no cost, it's free labor with a lot of people who have experience building. People just coming in and trying to help any way they can," said Keith Monk, Pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Hulaco.

Monk is a part of the United Methodist Disaster Relief corp, a group of skilled volunteers. The group volunteering this week was from Oxford, Alabama.

The Pirkles are extremely grateful for the help they've received.

"There have been so many people help us, too many to name. It seems like they're just falling out of the sky," said Larry.

On Monday, a group from Kentucky will arrive to help finish the Pirkle's home.

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