Tornado victim doing her best to get back on track

Tornado victim doing her best to get back on track

November 25, 2011 5:52:36 AM PST
It's been seven months since a tornado tore through Raleigh, leaving lives in shambles.

Still many are struggling to provide for their families with what a lot of us take for granted - like a Thanksgiving meal.

"I get emotional because it's like people have really forgotten about us and there's people that's really still struggling," Gilda Brisbon said. "It's hard to lose a whole house and then start over."

Brisbon lost her home in April after a tornado sent eight trees crashing into it.

ABC11 first met Brisbon in late April as she moved from a shelter in Garner to housing at NC State then to a new home.

On Tuesday, we caught up with her as she went looking for a Thanksgiving meal after her son asked why all his friends had a turkey and they didn't.

"He's eight, so it's sort of hard to explain, but he knows mama always come through, sooner or later," she said.

In this case, it was on her third stop where she landed in the wide-open arms of Sylvia Wiggins at the Helping Hand Mission.

"We got hit, and it's just unusual," Wiggins said. "This is an unusual year for us with all the tragedies that have been happening, but you know what it is like when everything gets torn up, here comes a flower out of the ground. And everybody reaches out in support.

Support that has lifted Brisbon and her son.

"We're starting over and I just have to remind him that it's good that we're still together," she said.

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