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6/7/08- Tyler

Mission Tyler Is On A Mission To Rebuild

A single mother battling cancer has one less battle on her plate, thanks to some East Texans on a mission.  In April, we told you about Carolyn Calloway whose Tyler home burned down. Fortunately, she and her two sons made it out, but almost everything inside was destroyed.  Her story sparked a local Christian organization to rise up and help.

When their home caught fire two months ago, Carolyn Calloway and her two sons lost all they had.  Her daughter told us then that Carolyn also fights thyroid and breast cancer.  Well, someone was watching and calling others to help.

"The night we saw it on TV when they were out on the street and the fire was going on and you guys covered the story, we said 'we've got to do something," said Mission Tyler's Travis White.  White got a group of volunteers together who are offering their time, strength and energy to renovate the Calloway's home.

"What better way to share the love of God with people then when they're at the point of a need like this family," said White.  "We don't have to tell them about the love of God, they can see it with these guys renovating their house."

"You don't have to go out of the state, or out of the country to do mission work," said Mission Tyler volunteer Grace McKinnie.  "Just to see, you know, a family that has gone through something traumatic like this and where the community can pitch in and help, it's good to know that you have people around that are going to pick you up when you fall."  They've certainly got their work cut out for them.

"There's a lot of remodeling on the inside and to fix the roof that burned on the outside," said McKinnie.   But they said it'll all be worth it, when the Calloway's can finally come home.

"She was pretty excited," said White.  Mission Tyler expects to complete renovations in five or six weeks and they say they would love to have more volunteers.

Courtney Lane, Reporting.  clane@kltv.com

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