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Community Steps Forward to Help Tornado Victims

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Tragic events often create silver linings. The F-2 tornado that totally destroyed a man camp near Watford City two weeks ago is a good example of that. Dozens of ordinary people are stepping forward to support one tiny, and very vulnerable victim of that disaster.

Aly Dickinson was homeless on Memorial Day. She and her husband Derrick lost three cats and everything thing they owned when a funnel cloud touched down in the middle of their trailer court.

"The trailer is gone, everything is gone. There's no remnants of a trailer ever being there," says Dickinson.

She says people who were in the man camp when the storm hit saw her home being swept up into the clouds.

"We walked away with our lives because we went out to eat, a couple of people that stayed through the tornado said our house had actually gone up in the spiral so it was in pieces thrown all over the lot," she says.

Now, two weeks after the storm, Dickinson has given birth to a son and is giving thanks to all the people that have offered her a helping hand.

"I've gotten donations from Wiggles and Giggles Daycare, they donated a lot of used baby clothes, toys and storage boxes.  I've been given money from multiple churches, and people have been sending money to my P.O. Box and gift cards," says Dickinson.

Logan Dickinson was born on June 5 and is being well taken care.

"We've got more than we need so, I'm giving what's left that everybody donated that I don't need. I'm going to give it to Box It Up Watford to help the rest of the tornado victims," says Dickinson.

Dickinson and her family are currently living in a one-room temporary shelter, but consider themselves some of the luckiest people in the world, thanks to the generosity of strangers.

"I just want to thank everybody that reached out to help us when it was our time of need. I'll definitely take from this experience, and make sure I give back and spread the kindness, pay it forward because I really appreciate it," she says.

A Memorial Day tornado, a twist of fate and random people rising to the occasion, made little Logan Dickinson's entrance into the world a dramatic and heart-warming story.

This story gets even better. After Logan is eight weeks old, Dickinson has the opportunity to work at Wiggles and Giggles Daycare and stay close to her first born child and the people who reached out to her in her time of need.

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