HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After losing her home in a tornado that touched down in 2017, Margie Crudup is rebuilding her life with the help of Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.
"It's a great pleasure to have this moment right now to say that I have a home to live in," she said. "It's a blessing."
A dedication ceremony was hosted Friday where Crudup received keys to her brand new home. The two bedroom and one bath home sits in the 200 block of Dossett Avenue where a deadly tornado ripped through the area killing four people on Jan. 21, 2017.
"When the storm started I just said, 'I didn't think I was going to get (my) house back'," Crudup said. "But, I thank God for letting me get (my) house back and somewhere to live. It's a blessing. I just thank God for the house."
During the dedication, volunteers presented Crudup with a Bible, a cross and other gifts. More than 20 homes are expected to be built for victims of the tornado.
The next date for the thirteenth home dedication has not been released.