Charity in the midst of tragedy as Montgomery residents help each other

Steve Shields' son, Jonathan, sits on a couch donated by a family friend.
Steve Shields' son, Jonathan, sits on a couch donated by a family friend.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For the Shields family, a little goes a long way.

"This is a couch that was donated from a friend of mine," says Steve Shields.

Flood waters damaged nearly everything in their home--things Steve and his family feel lucky to have thanks to a few friends.

"I did not expect them to donate things that they had just so we could try to piece our life back together."

A couch, TV, and refrigerator may not seem like much, but it's more than they had two days ago.

"It's overwhelming," says Shields.

And while Steve and his family receive, another flood victim gives.

"It wasn't going to do me any good, so why not?" says Susan Grant.

Instead of throwing away old furniture, Grant gave it to someone in need.

"Having a tragedy like this or disaster, if you want to call it that, happen to you, and still have something good come out of it, that's the nice thing about it," says Grant.

But Steve says it's not just residents helping each other.

"The church comes by about 11:30 everyday and brings a bag lunch for people that are working."

And now, with something as simple as a couch, it's easier to enjoy.

"We can actually have a place to sit down and eat lunch."

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