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Realtors from the Park Cities Virginia Cook Realtors office helped deliver aid and meals to victims of the Dec. 26 tornado that devastated Rowlett. (Courtesy Photo)

Their office may be in the heart of the Park Cities, but these Virginia Cook Realtors poured their hearts into helping victims of the Dec. 26 tornado that devastated neighborhoods in Rowlett and Garland. And although the tragedy happened months ago, communities are still working to pick up the pieces and put lives back together.

Under the leadership of Kathleen Schiele, whose Rowlett church swiftly established a relief center, the Virginia Cook Realtors donated the funds to purchase a commercial-grade ice machine to support recovery efforts.

“The disaster may not be in the news every day, but we need to remember that needs of the victims are still immense,” Schiele said. “I am so proud of our Virginia Cook team and their desire to help.”

North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)

North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)

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My husband and I were in Frisco at the Rough Riders game last Thursday when all of a sudden we saw a dark wall cloud heading near us. There were no sirens, no warnings from the announcer, and then we saw a funnel-like cloud branch off just north of Dr Pepper Ballpark. Of course, when I heard that severe weather may sprout up, I immediately asked guest relations where we could seek shelter in the event of a storm. Later that evening I got to thinking: Where would our family seek shelter if a tornado was headed our way?

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