Extreme blessing for Illinois tornado victims

Lisa hugs Operation Blessing staff

WASHINGTON, Ill. – It was shaping up to be a normal Sunday when tornado sirens shattered the quiet morning—warning a small community in Illinois of the impending storm that would change their lives forever.

Lisa and her children took shelter in their basement, but her husband had gone out to buy the morning paper.

When Operation Blessing met the family, a group of volunteers first came to their home to help them dig through the wreckage to salvage family photos and heirlooms.

But they wanted to do more.

After learning that Lisa works as a nurse and all of her clothes and work supplies were destroyed by the storm, OBI staff and volunteers presented her with a large gift basket containing new scrubs, shoes, a stethoscope, chocolates, assorted hygiene products and gift cards to help replace other clothes and items for her family.

OBI staff and volunteers present a basket of blessing to Lisa and her family

“It was just amazing to see the look on Lisa’s face when you guys came in with the basket,” Jessie said. “To see her with a smile on her face again and for her to not be thinking about all the bad stuff for a moment…it was awesome and I really appreciate it.”

But the smiles didn’t end there. A second surprise was in the works – to fully furnish their new apartment with furniture and other essential household supplies.

OBI gave the family an Extreme Blessing after their home and belongings were devastated by a tornado

Teams carry a new couch into the home

Teams surprised the family by furnishing their new apartment

A new bedroom for the family's three boys.

On the reveal day, volunteers gathered with balloons and welcomed the family into their newly furnished home with cheers and hugs.

Volunteers welcome the family to their newly furnished home.

“The second the front door opened, I was completely shocked,” Lisa said. “I am very thankful for everybody that has supported Operation Blessing to help us and people like us. Thank you will never be enough.”


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