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Franklin family gives up home for flood victims

Lori Brown and her husband gave their home to the Heileman family after they lost theirs in the flood. Lori Brown and her husband gave their home to the Heileman family after they lost theirs in the flood.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – After the flood, a Franklin family decided to give up their own home to help another family they barely knew.

Lori Brown said, "It's kind of like God said, ‘That's what I'm expecting you to do.'"

She and her husband Mike opened their home and hearts when they heard that a family of eight needed a place to live after being displaced by the flood.

Lori found out that her son's assistant soccer coach needed help cleaning out his flooded home, so she and her husband jumped into action.

At the time, the couple didn't know Steve and Sherri Heileman very well, but the family's story melted Lori's heart.

"Steve said, ‘We're just going to have to walk away from our house. We can't afford rental and mortgage," Lori told News 2.

The Heilemans have six children, three of whom have special needs.

Their two young daughters, Anna and Nicky, are wheelchair bound and disabled, and they require constant nursing care.

The family needs a lot of space to care for the children.

Lori said, "My husband came home and talked to me that night, and he said, ‘Lori, this is what's going on.' I said, ‘We have to give them our house, Mike'."

"I was floored when I first heard it, and I, of course, said no, we can't do that," Steve Heileman told News 2. "He said, we wouldn't be offering if we weren't serious about it, and so it took about two seconds to say yea, let's do it."

Without blinking an eye, Lori and her husband packed up their five children and moved in with her parents so the Heilemans could live in their home.   
Lori said, "That's all we had to give was our house. We couldn't give financially. They were taken care of with food. It's like we have to give what we've been given, so that's what we did."

"It was just relief and basically, we sat on the front of our car crying about it. It was a blessing," Steve Heileman said.

Through this, the Browns and Heilemans have become very good friends, and Lori says she would give up her home all over again.

"We've been blessed by them, probably more than they've been blessed by us," she said.

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