CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. — A seven-year-old Missouri girl who was seriously injured by a recent tornado that killed her older sister received Christmas gifts from a former president and first lady.
Tornadoes and severe storms tore through southeastern Missouri on Friday, Dec. 10, destroying and damaging several homes, including Rackley’s home in Caruthersville.
The family took shelter in their bathroom before the tornado hit, however, first responders found Annistyn, 9, Avalinn, 7, Alanna, 3, and their parents, Megan and Trey, in the mud dozens of yards from their homes, according to The Associated Press.
Annistyn was the only one who didn’t survive.
Avalinn suffered broken vertebrae and started walking again. Megan is slowly recovering from a severe traumatic brain injury and recently woke up from her coma, according to a Daily Mail article. Alanna and Trey suffered less serious injuries.
On Christmas Day, Grandma Pam Moore posted on Facebook a letter and gifts Avalinn received on behalf of Donald and Melania Trump.
The video shows Avalinn with her dad in matching jumpsuits while wearing a back brace. Moore captures Avalinn’s reactions when she tells him who the gifts are from.
“We are so encouraged by the strength and determination you have shown during this very difficult time,” the letter read. “You will remain in our hearts for complete care and comfort as you continue to recover.”
“With your unwavering spirit, and the unwavering strength and support of your wonderful family and many friends, your future potential is limitless.”
The gifts included signed books and hats, presidential blankets, American Girl dolls, pens, bracelets and more, according to Moore’s post.
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