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Teen Gets Help From Arlington In Getting Photos Back To Owners

By Stewart McKenzie, CBS 11 News

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It has been a little more than six weeks since the tornado outbreak in North Texas destroyed homes and disrupted lives.  One tornado tore a path of destruction through southwest Arlington.

Today, Jenny Lane was reunited with precious family photographs she thought were lost forever.  The storm hit a family member’s home picking up pictures of Jenny’s mother, sister and daughter.

“This was stored in a little storage building and I think they lost the whole storage building,” said Lane as she looked through the pictures.

Black and white photos from the 1950’s to a big color picture of her daughter were blown away after the storm.  The pictures were collected and brought to the Lake Arlington Public Library.

Jenny has an 18 year old to thank for today’s special reunion.  Kate Atwood helped round up the pictures and called the city of Arlington.

The city directed her to the Lake Arlington Public Library where a room was set aside for the “Tornado Lost And Found Photo Project”.

According to the website, MyArlingtonTX.com, which is affiliated with the city of Arlington, Atwood is a stroke survivor who has trouble using her right side.  But she could still sort photos.

As many as 800 photos were brought to the library and sorted.  The number has dwindled to less than 600 unclaimed photos.

Kate was there as Jenny claimed her family photos.

“Thank you so much!  You have no idea what this means,” Lane said to Atwood as the two shared a hug.

A teenager’s compassion and thoughtfulness shines through as families and storm victims try to put their lives back together one precious picture and special memento at a time.