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E. Texas high school student lends a hand to tornado victims

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Kelsea Keys Kelsea Keys
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas high school studentdecided she just had to do something to help out tornado victims in Moore,Oklahoma.

Last week, a group sponsored by two churches - one in Moore and one in Longview - gathered donations and organized people to head tothe ravaged area to help.

When Pine Tree Honor Roll student Kelsea Keys heard about 'Texans Helping Moore,' she just had to go with.

Kelsea gave upher Memorial Day weekend so she could lend a hand to some people who reallyneeded it. The group was organized in a matter of days by Longview residentBob Wheeler Jr. Members of the group had family hit by the tornado, and that'swhere they went  first.

"We cleaned out their wholehouse, and we found some pictures and stuff like that. The neighbors next doordidn't have anybody to help them, so we helped them," said Kelsea. Then we got a whole trailer full ofdonations, just from me and my mom, and we were going to drop them off at achurch, but the church was like, the town Shawnee, they also got hit by atornado and they said that they had so many donations but Shawnee didn't haveanything. So we drove to Shawnee and gave them donations."

They snapped some pictures of thedamage, but once they got working they didn't really have time for photography.They only have one picture of the group at work clearing out bricks by handingthem down a line.

Kelsea's mom, Melissa saysShawnee residents who lost everything were just happy to find a wallet in allthe debris.

"Yet they were still very proudpeople," Melissa said.

"Yeah, they were like, this isour state, this is where we live. A lot of them were going to rebuild. Theywere like, oh yeah, I'm going to rebuild, this is my town, this is where I'velived my whole life," Kelsea said.

"I still want to help becauseyou're only down there for two days and I feel like I could do so much more,"Kelsea said.

Kelsea says this is a good warm-up for what she really wants to do: go on a mission to Africa as soon as shecan figure out how to pay for the trip. 

There is a Facebook page called 'Texans Helping Moore' where you can get additional information about thisimpromptu group of relief workers.

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