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Samaritan's Purse builds home for Vietnam veteran who lost his home in Joplin tornado


A Vietnam veteran who lost his home in the Joplin tornado has a new place to call home.

Volunteers from Samaritan's Purse have traveled from around the country to get those who were left homeless from the tornado back into their homes.  They've been helping with debris removal, home repairs and rebuilds.

They are currently currently working on four homes, but on Friday volunteers from Ohio and Wisconsin made the finishing touches on Joe Porter's home.

Porter was one of many who lost their home and has been living in a FEMA home since the storm.

Porter told us he can't wait to move into his new 1,400 square foot home built on the site of the home he lost.  The new home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  One of the bathrooms is also a safe room with thick concrete and rebar.

Volunteers who worked on the home say they are glad they can do their part by helping someone get back into their home.

"I feel so blessed - I know that we are blessing them but in blessing others you are blessing yourself and I'm just so touched to have a hands on experience to do this for these people," says Samaritan's Purse volunteer Priscilla Orahood.

Still in disbelief, Porter says he is a lucky guy with a lot of new friends.

"These aren't strangers, these people are from all over the United States but they aren't strangers, I mean I got up and shake hands with them, you know - 'how you doing?' you know,'" says Porter.  "They just work their tails off, these ole boys come off that roof and they are sweating and I thought, 'Man!'"

Volunteers completed Porter's home earlier today and he plans to move in as soon as possible.  The thing Porter looks forward to the most is sitting on his front porch.

"I'm going to put me a table and chairs out there," says Porter.  "I've got a neighbor, Charlie, he comes over and he talks with me and we drink coffee."

As porter shows his gratitude to the volunteers he says can't wait to move into his old neighborhood.

"It's fantastic," Porter says.  "You can't believe that happens to you, you know?"

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