Four Corners grandma looks for new start following weather tragedy | KOB 4

Four Corners grandma looks for new start following weather tragedy

Meg Hilling
April 24, 2018 12:09 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- A Four Corners grandmother is recovering in Rio Rancho after she says her home was hit by a tornado, while she and her grandchildren were sleeping inside.


"I'm grateful we all survived and weren't too badly hurt," Bernita Daniels said.

Daniels says she and her two grandchildren were asleep at home near Shiprock on February 19, when the tornado struck their trailer around 4 a.m.

"I woke up in mid-air, flying," Daniels said.

The trailer rolled three times, with the family inside, before coming to a stop. But their situation only got worse from there.

"I had a wood stove inside the trailer and that is where all the charcoal came out and it started a fire. So the whole trailer just went on fire," Daniels said. “Everything else can be replaced except for us."

While in physical therapy in Rio Rancho, for the two broken wrists she sustained during the storm, Daniels met Kelly Harrell. Harrell is also in physical therapy for a broken wrist.

"I said, well how did you break yours? And then she told me her story. And my jaw just dropped," Harrell said.

Instantly a bond was formed.

"Her situation it made me see how small my challenge was and I just knew I had to step up and help her," Harrell said.

Harrell is now helping Daniels get back on her feet so she can head to a new home back in the Four Corners.

"Kelly has really pushed things through for us,” Daniels said. “I just want a place I can call home. For the kids to be there with me. For them to feel safe. Not to be scared. Just a home to go home to."

Click here for the GoFundMe set up for Daniels and her family.


Meg Hilling

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