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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 6:29 am

Faye Gaskin, a lifelong resident of Rockport, received a second chance and an answered prayer in the form of a brand new home gifted to her by Samaritan’s Purse Wednesday, June 12.

It was a long and arduous wait for Gaskin in receiving aid after Hurricane Harvey destroyed her old trailer home nearly 22 months ago.

“The storm destroyed it (prior home),” said Gaskin. “It broke the windows down, there were holes in the roof cause all the shingles flew off, and naturally it just started flooding everywhere.”

Gaskin resorted to living with her daughter most of the time while waiting for word on help.

At 80 years old, Gaskin said it was tough to wait for so long.

“It was sort of come and go … and I tried to work in the yard. And on top of that I was sick … It was just horrible, but I knew I could make it through,” said Gaskin.

It wasn’t until spring 2019 before Gaskin had heard an answer back for assistance.

The local chapter of Samaritan’s Purse provided some hope for Gaskin. They told her she would soon receive a brand new trailer home delivered to her property free of charge.

The announcement was a pleasant surprise and relief for Gaskin.

“They just sprung it on me and, oh! I was shocked,” said Gaskin. “I thought I was forgotten. I just couldn’t believe what she said, it was so wonderful.”

It was the Samaritan’s Purse 100th home given away in the area.

To begin the ceremonies, Gaskin was the first person to enter her new home.

She said the trailer home had been on the property for a couple weeks but did not know what it looked like on the inside. She was in awe while walking in to view it for the first time.

“I couldn’t describe it, it was just so wonderful,” said Gaskin. “I’ve been seeing the outside for about two weeks and I couldn’t wait to see the inside.”

Surrounded by family and friends, Gaskin also received a few gifts such as a Bible and prayer quilt. Samaritan’s Purse representatives also blessed the home.

Gaskin will share the home with her great granddaughter and great-great grandson.

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