Star from ‘Call of the Wildman’ brings piece of normalcy to Henryville Elementary students

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 6 at 6:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- After watching devastation engulf her children's school, Jenna Shepherd knew what the tornadoes had taken from Henryville.  But she didn't realize what her 8-year-old daughter would miss.

“The things she has cried the most about no more silly sock day and her P.E. parachute got sucked out of the gym and no more P.E. parachute,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd met "Call of the Wildman" star Neal James at a tornado relief effort a few weeks ago and he promised to help her in any way he could. He's used to finding turtles and other critters in Kentucky ponds with his best friend Turtleman, but this time he went on a different kind of hunt.

 “When I put on Facebook that I was looking for a parachute and I didn't know much what she was talking about and all my friends said dude you are a big ole guy what are you fixing to do, no I said it's for P.E. Somehow they play with it,“ James said.

For these Henryville kids being moved from their school to this temporary facility isn't normal, but neither is having someone special hand deliver something they've been missing since the tornadoes hit. It's proof that the small familiar things make you smile.

And it brings back a whole new kind of normal. “I heard someone asked you a question about normal the other day, I want to tell you yes normal is coming back. Normal will be back, I promise,” James said.

 

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