Open businesses providing hope in Moore

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Updated: 5/26/2013 10:00 pm Published: 5/26/2013 9:53 pm

As more people are getting their power turned on, Moore businesses are working to reopen.

"It's about the hope and healing and there is a future," said Donna Love.

She owns Much Moore Sno and opened the stand 13 years ago after her husband passed.

FOX23 News spoke to Love the day after the tornado tore through her town on Monday night.

At Fourth and Telephone Road, businesses are destroyed but her shop is still standing. Before the tornado it was painted blue and pink but in the last week it got a new look.

"It looks so bright and cheery and it just put a smile on our face," said Lacey Shackelford.

The special education teacher not only lost he home, but she was in Plaza Towers Elementary where seven students died in the tornado.

"There is nothing normal in our lives right now, except for this," said Shackelford. "This is a piece of hope right now."
When Love heard stories from Shackelford and other frequent customers, she knew she needed to get to work.

"Give people five minutes of thinking of something else besides the destruction and devastation around here, even if it's just a snow cone," said Love.

She says it was overwhelming to think about where to get started, but with an outpouring of support and donated paint and new roof, she hopes to reopen on Tuesday.

"The biggest thing to me is having normalcy, looking forward and having hope," said Love.

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