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Businessman steps in to help Gulfport woman recover from Isaac

Catherine Tate has been living with family members since a tree fell on her home during the storm. She's had no way of getting the tree removed, until today. Lee Johnson, owner of The Tree Service Inc, heard about the problem and offered to help for free. Catherine Tate has been living with family members since a tree fell on her home during the storm. She's had no way of getting the tree removed, until today. Lee Johnson, owner of The Tree Service Inc, heard about the problem and offered to help for free.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Help is finally here for one Gulfport woman who had a tree fall on her home during Hurricane Isaac.

"A tornado came and hit the tree and crushed the right side of my house and it's unlivable," Catherine Tate said. "I can't live there."

Tate is one of many still feeling Isaac's wrath. The 70-year-old woman has lived in this house for nearly 35 years and simply doesn't have the money or the strength to make the big repairs.

"I recently had triple bypass and I've been going back and forth to the doctor. On March 18th, I had another heart attack and I just didn't have the money to get the insurance renewed."

Lee Johnson, a tree service owner, heard about Tate's problem and made an offer she couldn't refuse.

"This is a contract for Mrs. Tate for a donation to remove this tree off her house due to Isaac," Johnson explained. "Free of charge to remove and stack on street and I'm just doing it as a donation to her."

Johnson said a job like this typically costs nearly $10,000, so you may be wondering why he's doing it for free.

"You know, I guess the good Lord works in mysterious ways and I guess I'm just here to help," said Johnson. 

He hopes his helping hand will create a domino effect.

With a smile on his face, Lee Johnson said, "Maybe some contractor will step up. Anybody. Church group? Anybody that wants to help her, you know. Maybe they can pitch in, give her a hand to help her rebuild her house."

Tate said it's people like Johnson who keep her looking forward, beyond the obstacles.

"You just don't know how much this means to me because I had no one else to turn to," Tate said.

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