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Pasco neighbors help family forced out of home after Sunday's EF-1 tornado

Posted at 11:14 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 23:28:24-05

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Neighbors in New Port Richey are stepping up to make sure Sunday's tornado does not keep a family out of their home this Christmas. 

"That's a tough blow for anybody," said Lisa Manaseri. "We live paycheck to paycheck like everybody else does." 

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Manaseri and her family were forced out of their home after an EF-1 tornado touched down Sunday morning, destroying their roof and totaling an SUV. 

With no home insurance, the New Port Richey family faced more than $10,000 in repairs and cleanup. 

Holley Vinyard took to social media to get her neighbors some help. 

Vinyard tracked down donated roof materials in Orlando and rented a U-Haul to go pick them up. 

"The family didn't have to lift a finger," said Vinyard. "And that's just the love of the community here. We're more family than just a community."

Manaseri says they have to fix the roof and repair a blown out electrical box before it's safe to return home. 

Vinyard and her husband will help repair the roof themselves on Tuesday. 

"Your neighbors come together to take care of you, there's no better feeling," said Manaseri.