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Relief supplies a 'godsend' to Colorado flood survivors...

Though homeless following massive flooding, mother and daughters are thankful: 'We are together. We have each other.'

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Tuscaloosa tornado: Looking back at two years of recovery...

As I saw images from Moore, Oklahoma, flash across my screen in May 2013, I was immediately brought back to similar scenes of devastation that took place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2011. I thought about how World Vision was just finishing up its disaster response to that deadly tornado, two years after it touched down.  Read more...

Grateful Storm Survivor Tells Donors: 'Thank You for Being Epic'

Celeste Grimes remembers walking with her children through Far Rockaway, her neighborhood in Queens, New York, the morning after Superstorm Sandy blasted through the Jersey Shore.

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Runners Use Their Hands to Help New Yorkers in Need

When members of Team World Vision—arriving in the city in early November 2012 intending to compete in the New York City Marathon—found the race cancelled in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the 16 runners instead volunteered to help World Vision assemble family food kits to help storm survivors.

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The Blessing Business

World Vision's Holt Day of Caring. The July 30, 2011 distribution marked World Vision's ongoing disaster response following the tornadoes that devastated much of Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas on April 27, 2011.

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Finding 'a New Normal' After a Tornado

Life has been full of changes for Tim and Rebecca Acreys since spring 2011. Rebecca found out she was pregnant with their second child on April 25. Two days later, a tornado struck their valley in Etowah County, destroying the family's mobile home.

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School supplies 'priceless' to tornado survivors

Even in normal times, numerous families in Granbury, Texas, struggle to get by. But after disaster struck, the needs grew. That made free school supplies 'just a blessing.'

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Classroom Supplies Help Bring Stability to School Hit by Superstorm

After Superstorm Sandy slammed into Far Rockaway in late October 2012, Rosemarie Eshcevarria spent days walking through the New York City community in which she grew up. The kindergarten teacher called "Mrs. E" by her students checked on parents and their children.

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School supplies help students recover from Superstorm Sandy

The storm water from Superstorm Sandy has long withdrawn from New York City, but the needs of vulnerable school children remain.

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Help After the Storm

When Hurricane Isaac headed toward Lafitte, Louisiana, in late August 2012, Monica Gisclair and her three children—Dylan, Abby, and Shelby—evacuated to the nearby community of Marrero. Isaac wreaked $4,000 worth of damage to their home. With Monica's husband working in Texas, she had to depend on help from co-workers and her church family.

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NY Giants' Justin Tuck assists with World
Vision's Disaster Response

NY Giants' Justin Tuck, an Alabama native, donated $25,000 to World Vision's disaster relief fund and also assisted with our disaster felief efforts in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Tornado devastation leaves families homeless

When deadly tornadoes tore through the American Southeast on April 27, 2011, they left behind countless heartbreaking stories of loss. Bonfilia Maldonado, 26, and her two daughters, Maria Guadalupe, 2, and Jimena, 4, put a human face on the tragedy.

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