South side family helps neighbors recover from blast

Celeste Brown and her daughters picked up supplies from Southport Presbyterian Church.
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Many of the families who have returned to their homes after Saturday's explosion have a tough road ahead to get back to a sense of normalcy.

For one family, having a normal life is about much more than moving back into their home.

Celeste Brown had a big job to do Tuesday. She took her daughters, Amelia and Reese, to pick up some things at Southport Presbyterian Church. They were looking through the donated items for themselves and for many of their neighbors who are worse off than they are.

"People actually come to help when people need it and there are neighbors too proud to ask for help, so I am helping with neighbors, too," Brown said.

Rhoda Hart had a streak of good luck at a casino recently and couldn't help thinking about the residents of Richmond Hill.

"It was right after I won the money and I thought, 'What would I do with $100?' Somebody else needs it worse than I do and I know if I wanted somebody to help me, they would be there to help me," Hart said.

Now, the Browns will go back to their neighborhood to dispense of everything they have collected and tend to their own home.

"There are cracks in the ceilings and the walls. The fireplace is pushed back and the garage door is dented in," Brown said. "If you are inside the garage and look up to the top, you can see outside, but it's not as bad as others. It's livable. We came home last night and stayed."

The family is back home and that is a big step, but it is really just the beginning.

"They are just scared something will happen again and that bad people will come and get their stuff," Brown said.