Benefit concert held for Albany tornado victims

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 4, 2018

ALBANY, Ga. (WCTV) -- It's been more than one year since neighborhoods in Albany were devastated by a tornado.

Wednesday night, several big name stars gathered at the fairgrounds in Albany for a benefit concert to help those still struggling to recover from the tragedy.

The proceeds are being donated to the Heart of South Georgia Fund, which supports ongoing natural disaster relief for events such as the storms that rocked the community back in 2017.

Shanita Jenkins, a resident of the Radium Woods mobile home park, said, "Everybody was looking at each home like, okay, they're accounted for and they're accounted for."

For Jenkins, faith was what got her through a dark time.

"Even when I change furniture, I'm still going to have that," she said.

After repairs, her family moved back into the very home that they were trapped in when a tornado swept through the mobile home park. She now remembers the flood of support afterwards, that is continuing to this day.

"We felt special. I know my children definitely did," Jenkins says.

Jenkins says she is finding a lot to be thankful for, like a closer bond with her neighbors. Another survivor is Jenkins' neighbor, Deborah Jordan.

"We eat together now. We laugh together. We talk together. We cry together," Jordan says of Jenkins.

An entire community is rising up from a painful past, bringing them closer and stronger than ever before.

"But you never get over it," Jordan says. "When you come outside, you just look across there and see all those trees gone. You look over there, all those homes are gone. You'll never get over it."

Wednesday's benefit concert was headlined by country music stars Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan and Phillip Phillips. We are still waiting to learn how much money the concert raised.

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