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Tornado survivor grateful for community support

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thanks to the generosity of strangers, things are finally looking up for Gilda Brisbon.

She and her two children arrived at NC State on April 22 for temporary housing after her home was destroyed by the April 16 tornado.

Brisbon's house, which had to be bulldozed, was featured on the front page of the paper. She packed her family's belongings into three large bags and for the next few weeks, ABC11 Eyewitness News followed the family as they made their way from NC State to a Raleigh hotel.

The wait for permanent housing became frustrating and the family faced the possibility of being homeless.

Now, three weeks later, Brisbon is living in a three bedroom home in Raleigh with her children, slowly rebuilding her life. She says the support she's received from the community has been overwhelming.

"I've received mad donations and help," she said.

She's received donations of toys for her 7-year-old son, Anthony, who loves wrestling and furniture. Brisbon is especially grateful to an ABC11 viewer who was moved by the family's struggle and paid for them to stay at the hotel for a few extra days. It's an act of kindness that won't be forgotten.

"I just want to thank that donor that helped me for that week because I do not know where I would have went, and I want to thank her so much," Brisbon said. "I do know it's a lady, I just don't know her name."

The donor asked to remain anonymous.

Meanwhile, Brisbon says now that she's in her new home, she finally feels at peace and is able to rest once again.

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