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'God's Pit Crew' Builds New Homes For Moore Tornado Victims

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Two families who lost their homes to the May 20 tornado saw their new homes Saturday for the first time. Two families who lost their homes to the May 20 tornado saw their new homes Saturday for the first time.
The houses were built by God's Pit Crew, a group out of Virginia. The houses were built by God's Pit Crew, a group out of Virginia.
Michelle Linger, a single mother of three, says she didn't think she'd ever recover from the tornado, but has with the help of God's Pit Crew. Michelle Linger, a single mother of three, says she didn't think she'd ever recover from the tornado, but has with the help of God's Pit Crew.
George Rogers, center, says he can't thank the home builders enough. George Rogers, center, says he can't thank the home builders enough.
Volunteers from Riverlife Church helped the families move into their new homes. Volunteers from Riverlife Church helped the families move into their new homes.
MOORE, Oklahoma -

Two families who lost their homes in the Moore tornado took their first looks at the brand new houses they'll call home for years to come.

A group called God's Pit Crew, based in Virginia, spent about three weeks building the houses. Saturday, the group unveiled the homes to the families with the help of Riverlife Church.

The houses were built near Plaza Towers Elementary School, where block after block was flattened after the May 20 tornado ripped through the area.

8/19/2013 Related Story: New Homes Going Up In Moore 3 Months After Tornado

Michelle Linger is a single mother of three. Everything the family had after the tornado struck fit into the bed of their friend's pickup truck. Linger and her kids spent the months after the tornado staying with friends and even camping out.

"I didn't know how I was going to get back to where we are," explained Linger. "I was a single mom with three kids and there's no picking up the pieces from that point, you know what I mean? You can't recover from that. You lose everything."

By chance, God's Pit Crew heard about Linger's story. She was selected as one of two families to get a brand new house; fully furnished and debt-free.

Linger and her children saw the house for the first time Saturday.

"It's an amazing house. Like, it's more than I even had so, I don't know, it's just been an amazing day."

While News 9 was visiting with Linger, the previous lot owner stopped by the new house to wish her well. An emotional Linger said the day had been filled with moments of kindness from random strangers.

Across the street, the Rogers family got their first look at their new home. Their old house was ripped apart in the tornado, too. It was located just ten blocks away from the new place. George Rogers said that his siblings and dad also live nearby, so they were happy to get to stay in the area.

"We get to start getting back to normal. Rebuilding our lives. And this is rebuilding 90 percent of it," Rogers said.

The hard part, he said, was trying to say thank you enough. Rogers said the generosity has had a huge impact.

"I don't know if there's any way I can ever repay them but I will repay it one way or another when it's my time to be called to do something for someone else."

God's Pit Crew has been working in the Moore area since two days after the tornado hit.

 

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