‘Thank you so much’ Mom gets help after storm topples big tree

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The powerful storms that rolled through June 16 knocked down trees everywhere all over Central Virginia.

The day after the storm, Tina Kern was not sure how she would remove a huge tree that crushed her shed and fence off of Hermitage Road in Richmond.

"I had my windows wide open and the next thing I know, my bedroom is in the back, it was like, I don't know, like a tornado going through my room," Tina said. "Papers flying, swirling everywhere and then I heard the tree come down."

Tina Kern

Tina Kern

Tina said she was worried how she was going to get the tree removed.

The single mom has been dealing with chronic back pain since she was in high school. Her disability payments help pay the bills, but an added expense like this might put her behind.

As part of our CBS 6 Gives campaign, CBS 6 This Morning anchor Rob Cardwell visited Tina to see if we could help. He reached out to Old Dominion Tree Company, a Richmond area tree removal service run by the Tuttle family.

After hearing about Tina’s problem, certified arborist Jeremiah Tuttle told us he’d remove the huge tree in her yard free of charge.

"Oh, thank you so much," Tina said when she heard the good news. "I can't thank you enough. Awesome, yes!"