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Community helps fire victim in Kendall Whittier neighborhood

Posted: 7:11 PM, Dec 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-21 23:16:51-05
Home cleanup

TULSA, Okla. — It’s a decision a Jenks mother said is the most rewarding experience of her life.

Lisa Shannon said she stopping to help a midtown woman trying to rebuild after surviving a house fire in November.

"It’s wonderful. It’s a blessing,” said Johnnie Cooper, who survived the house fire.

"She was devastated. I could tell she was still in shock,” said Shannon.

Shannon was running errands and felt the need to pull over when she saw, Cooper (known as “Miss Mae”), sitting on the porch of her burned out home near 1st and Xanthus.

"The only thing i can say is she (my daughter) made me stop my car because I saw Miss Mae sitting on her front porch. All kinds of debris from her first fire was being loaded into a truck. something made me pull over and i got out and i immediately said, ‘how can i help you,’”
 said Shannon.

Shannon found a new mission.

"I promised Miss Mae. I said someway, somehow we’re going to get you the help,” said Shannon.

Shannon wanted to carry out the memory of her daughter Avery who lost her life in an accident last summer at Grand Lake.

"On a daily basis she was that kid that would reach out to the new kids at her big high school and make them feel welcome she was as we later learned that she was kind of the glue that held their varsity pom squad together,” said Shannon.

From the Jenks Football team to local contractors, Miss Mae is being lifted up after surviving not one, but two house fires this holiday season.

There’s hope from everyone who’s pitched in to restore this home so Miss Mae can continue to live in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood.

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