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Tornado Survivor Rallying Support for Victims in Moore, Okla.

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ATHENS, Ala. (WZDX) - Jennifer Adair and her family have experienced three tornadoes and she says that is exactly why she is raising money for the victims in Moore.

It all started almost four decades ago.

"April 3rd, 1974 my family actually lost 3 people. My aunt and 2 of my cousins were killed that day and my grandparents lost their home," said Adair. Years later her family would be affected once again.

On April 27th, 2011 as the skies darkened she was at home alone in Capshaw; she had no way of knowing that her life was about to change forever. Her home took a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado.

Jennifer was buried in the rubble. Surprisingly she escaped with only minor injuries only to learn that her parents' home was also destroyed.

Adair and her husband decided to move but almost like something out of a bad movie, the bad weather followed them. On march 2nd, 2012 their new home in Limestone County was hit, although it was not a total loss.

"Well to me I considered it a minor inconvenience last March," Adair recalled. "We stayed out of the house 5 weeks for repairs but at least we still had a home to come back to."

When she saw the devastation in Oklahoma she says all those old emotions came flooding back.

"It broke my heart when I saw those first images it's just like your right back in that moment," she said, "you see the people walking around, they look lost and you just remember how that felt."

She says she will always remember the people who helped her and her family members when they needed it the most and that's why she is sponsoring a fundraiser this weekend for the people of Moore Oklahoma. Inspired by the group Toomers for Tuscaloosa, she will be outside the Athens Police Department Saturday, May 25th collecting gift cards to be sent to Journey Church for distribution.

"This is my way of trying to give back I really didn't know if I was going to live that day 2 years ago in April and I feel like I got a second chance at life," she said. "I feel like I'm here for a reason and I want to help as many people as I can."

Adair and her helpers will be at the Athens Police Department Saturday from 10am-2pm accepting gift cards. She says cash donations will also be accepted. The money will be sued to purchase more gift cards to send to Journey Church.

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