Blue skies and a beautiful day greeted Rowlett residents who came out of their homes on December 26 this year. Quite a change from last year, when they came out to a scene of destruction on all sides after a F4 tornado ripped through their community. This tornado damaged 6,000 homes and injured 23 people in Rowlett, one fatally.
After the tornado, the long process of cleanup began. The storm debris removed was enough to fill 3 football fields to a height of 30 feet. This is the height of the commemorative sculpture that will grace a reflection area in Schrade Bluebonnet Park in Rowlett. A model of the sculpture was unveiled at the Tornado Anniversary Remembrance this past Monday. It depicts a phoenix rising from a tornado, and materials will incorporate parts of the Rowlett water tower that was damaged beyond repair during the tornado.
The record for the fastest set-up of a Shed of Hope is now 1 hour and 24 minutes, beating the record by just 4 minutes. The Tyler college students beat the record during their second shed-build of the day. Take a look https://www.facebook.com/RufTyler/videos/976469615809153/
Shed in a Truck, coming this fall! Want to know more? Give me a call!
We had a great build today in Rowlett. Matt, Jake, Mike, and Tess did a fantastic job setting up this shed on the day before Easter, to bless families who suffered tragedy on the day after Christmas. In one of the photos, you can see 5 of the 15 Sheds of Hope that have been built so far.
Pictured are volunteers from Park Cities Presbyterian Church celebrating the completion of their first Shed of Hope. Well, for one of the girls, it was her second. More volunteers from Park Cities will be setting up a shed on Saturday, March 26, and pre-building sheds at the Tornado Response Base. We are planning to build six more sheds over the next few weeks. If you can help, please give me a call. We will be pre-building and setting up sheds on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring Sheds of Hope to our neighbors in Rowlett and Garland. Join with Bethel Church, as they are planning to build on April 2nd.
Well I got a surprise when I got to the tornado response base today – look who I found stowed away in the truck!
The “Wee Volunteer” was cleaning out the back of the truck this morning, getting it ready for building Sheds of Hope tomorrow. He is so excited to get to the warehouse and start building. Join us this week as we get ready to finish up three sheds for delivery this Saturday.