Hamilton Crossroads Still Needs Help

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The Outlaw family will never again live in the place they called home.

After the November tornado ripped though the Hamilton Crossroads community, the Outlaw’s saw, for the second time, complete destruction to their home.

The first damage came from a fire, but the family rebuilt. However, this time, the Outlaw’s say they are forced to downsize to a mobile home.

They say their home has too much damage and they can't afford to build new.

"I raised my kids there. I raised my grand kids there. My grandson died there last year. I just, I don't know. It's going to get better. The Lord is going to take care of us," says Kathy Outlaw.

The Outlaw’s are seeking help from the Pike County Interfaith Committee. It’s an organization composed of different civic and religious groups from the area.

Its goal is to raise at least $150,000 dollars to help the uninsured families rebuild from the storm.

That number may sound like a lot of money to raise for a small town community, but leaders say it's really not. In fact, Pike County alone raised about $165,000 dollars for the Hurricane Katrina Relief.

"We won't build anything too grand. We try to get them up somewhere close. They never get back to where they were because you can never replace everything they lost. So, we try to get them similar to where they were," says President Lawrence Bowden of the Pike County Interfaith Committee.

The project will be long-term, but leaders hope to have all the money raised and most of the homes built by the end of the year.

Currently, the committee is working on helping three families get back on their feet with some short-term aid.

However, for families like the Outlaw’s, short-term help will make a long-term impression.

If you would like information on how to help, contact Lawrence Bowden at 735-3898.

Donations can include money, materials or labor.