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Greensboro, NC -- LaToya Graham wasn't expecting a tree to come slamming through her house last week, but she was even more surprised when she found out the insurance she thought she had no longer existed.

Graham says her aunt told her she took care of that, but when Graham called for help, she says she found out her aunt allowed the policy to expire.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower met with LaToya as she was cleaning up the storm damage and debris, Tuesday.

Thursday, a storm brought a tree down and smashed it into Graham's roof. On its way down, the tree hit her 4-year-old nephew in the head. 

"I hurt my head," explained Quamari, Graham's nephew.

He had to get two staples in his head, but he's doing well.

"This is something you know probably would have found a dead body in. This is not something we should have walked away from," Graham said. "It could have been worse."

Latoya says she was depending on insurance to cover the repair costs, but the day after the storm, she says she found out her aunt let the policy expire, leaving her with not only a huge mess but no way to pay for it.

"It goes through my head more than you would ever know because we don't have, we don't have anything. And I'm not going to say we don't have much. We don't have anything," Graham said. "I really don't know how we are going to get it fixed."

There is still a lot of damage. They need to repair the roof, walls, floors, kitchen, ceiling, and more. 

"We just have to pick up somewhere. I don't know where but we have to pick up somewhere, we really do," Graham said. "I believe God is going to make a way for us. Somehow, somewhere. It may not be right now, but I believe it will come."  

Graham lives in that house with her sister and two nephews. She has been the sole guardian of the boys since their mother and her sister died three years ago. They're staying with a relative until the house is repaired.

The Red Cross gave Graham and her family clothes, food, some money and a hotel for a few days.

Graham told us she found out her insurance was expired through the Red Cross. We called them looking for more information. A spokesperson told News 2 they were determining if this is a confidential matter and trying to get a hold of the case worker. They couldn't get us the information Tuesday night. 

If you'd like to help the family, they've asked that you contact WFMY News 2 by emailing Morgan Hightower at or via Facebook

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