Nancy Harris thankful for Rebuilding Hope

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EVERGREEN (WSLS 10) - A handmade wooden cross is all that remains where Nancy Harris' home once stood.

The home was picked up off its foundation and thrown across a field, with her husband still inside.

"Really, it's just like a bad dream," said Harris.

Coming back to the spot where her life changed forever is both painful and peaceful.

Nancy has spent all of her 73 years in Evergreen and planned to spend her golden years watching "Gunsmoke" with Keith, her husband of more than 50 years.

"This was the end of our days home and we were really comfortable," recalled Harris. "We'd go in the living room and I'd watch Gunsmoke with him for about three hours."

She loved being his wife and being at home by his side.

"I'm glad that I had him for 53 years and that's a long time to be together," continued Harris. "It's something that it will never be the same again, but it's going to be built back to a certain degree and I'm grateful for that."

While she can't get back the most important loss, God's Pit Crew, WSLS 10 and Spirit FM are teaming up to help start a new chapter for Nancy.

God's Pit Crew founder Randy Johnson laid out the plans of her soon-to-be-built new home.

"We've been doing this for 17 years and we've had the privilege of building 35 houses now over those years for people who have lost everything, but I can't remember anybody who has lost more than Mrs. Harris has lost," said Johnson.

"In our first interview that's what she said to me over and over again, 'I just want to go home,'" recalled Johnson.

As we walked around the original property, we spotted on the ground some weathered sewing supplies left behind.

With house plans that include three bedrooms and a craft room, Nancy can get back to creating.

"I'm so excited that it's going to be built back and it's going to be at home that I can, you know, live in and just be myself, my little crafts and my cooking and I'm looking forward to being able to have the grandchildren and children up," said Harris.

With these partnerships, Nancy sees the hope after the heartache.

"It's hard to think that the storm came through and picked up my house and my husband," said Harris. "God is good to me. He has given me friends like God's Pit Crew and you all WSLS."

"It means a whole new life for her. It means that we as organizations can take a few weeks or a few months out of our lives and change hers forever," said Johnson

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