BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The huge tornado that hit Louisville in April destroyed the trailer belonging to the Dosters family. Since then, the five family members have had to split up, because their rental trailer is too small. On Monday, a hospice company in Biloxi gave the family a generous donation to help them rebuild their lives.
"I saw a picture and it was of a 17-year-old girl standing in the middle of rubble, looking for some clothes to wear. It was the end of her school year and it just touched me," said Mark Crowson, Community Outreach Director for St. Joseph Hospice.
The photo showed Hallie Dosters standing in what was once her home in Louisville, Mississippi. On April 28th, an EF-4 tornado tore apart the trailer, leaving the Dosters family homeless. The picture and their plight caught the attention of the CEO of St. Joseph Hospice, Pat Mitchell.
"Pat Mitchell immediately said, 'I want to give a donation to the family to help them get back on their feet. They've lost everything.' It's an amazing story," said St. Joseph Executive Director John O'Neill.
On Monday, the family received two checks: One was from St. Joseph Hospice of Biloxi for $12,000. The other donation, a $2,000 check, came from Mark Crowson.
"And we wish you all the best in the world," Crowson told the family.
At that moment, ten-year-old Millie Dosters gave Crowson a big hug to show the family's deep appreciation.
"Thank you," said Millie. "I like them because they help us and they're our friends."
"Thank you for what y'all have done for us, because without y'all, we wouldn't know what to do," said Scott Dosters.
"I felt like I've known them forever, because I've heard so much about them. It's just special to be able to help," said Crowson.
Scott and Crystal Dosters plan to use the money to buy another trailer.
"I praised God. I thanked Him for everything," said Crystal Dosters. "It really is overwhelming, because the kindness of strangers. It's amazing to me that people we didn't even know had stepped up and helped us so much. It will help us get back to where we belong, where home is."
For their three children, it meant the family can live together under one roof once again.
"You don't realize that everything's gone until you see it and when you see it, it hits you like a tons of bricks. And these people want to help you get back to where you were, back to normal, and it was just a Godsend," said Hallie Dosters.
A week after the tornado hit, St. Joseph Hospice also headed-up a donation drive. The staff collected food, clothing, and furniture and delivered the supplies to Louisville.