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Community buys new van for paralyzed woman who lost her home and car in tornado

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 11:59:00-04

DONELSON, Tenn — Communities in Tennessee are rallying to deal with the aftermath of a string of deadly tornadoes in the area last week.

One woman lost her special needs van in the storms.

“On Easter 2017 when her and her fiancee at the time were riding a four-wheeler and was going up a hill and it flipped and broke her neck and paralyzed her from her chest down,” Brittany Overfield’s father said.

Overfield and her fiancee lost their home, and van that they saved up to buy so Brittany could get around.

“Since everything came crashing down and I’ve just been worried, you know, how we would be able to get another one,” Brittany said.

A GoFundMe page was started by her community, and raised over $34,000 for a new van.

“This is like beauty from the ashes,” Brittany’s mother said.

“Just praying that God would send someone or a way for us to get another van and that’s what y’all have done, y’all have answered our prayers,” Brittany said. “There’s always going to be people who you least expect to come and be that light for you and to help you in that time of need.”