- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

OREGON, Ill. (AP) - Volunteers are helping rebuild the lives of a Fairdale family who lost everything in an April tornado.

Operation Rebuild is a volunteer disaster-relief organization building a new home on land purchased by Rick and Dawn Geist.

The Dixon Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1N3P1LR ) that Deb Wooldridge of Polo is project coordinator. She says the Geists “lived through a nightmare. We’re trying to build them a dream.”

An April 9 tornado destroyed the Geists’ two-story home, two outbuildings, 65 trees and all their belongings.

The Geists used their insurance money to buy land and have lived in a mobile home since July.

Operation Rebuild stepped in to help in October. The group is still seeking volunteer carpenters, electricians and others.

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Online: Operation Rebuild: http://operationrebuild.org/2015/09/15/geist/

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