Portraits from a Storm

To someone who’s lost everything, it can mean the world.

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In April 2011, storms tore across the South, and where Patty lived, there were 200 tornados in 24 hour span. While her home was safe, her heart went out to her neighbors near and far. She began picking up pieces of paper in front yard, finding everything from ultrasound photos to mail from over 100 miles away. Then she started posting what she found to a Facebook page, and in the span of a few hours, hundreds of other people were following her lead and posting the family memories they found as well.