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Published January 08, 2011, 01:06 PM

Moorhead family gets community help with moving from buyout home

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) – It was a bittersweet ending for a Moorhead family who battled floods. Their home, along the Red River, is now empty, thanks to a group of friends that helped the family move.

As boxes are sealed and beds loaded into trucks, the Hunstad family is saying goodbye to its home of 23-years.

David Hunstad: “We really didn't want to sell. We weren't eager to move out, but we didn't want to be the only house in the neighborhood.”

After a long struggle, the Hunstads are relocating through the flood buyout program. But it's not just them moving furniture today.

Dave Tranby: “They've been here for quite a few years, so they've touched a lot of lives. So everybody's by to help them.”

It went like clockwork as a full load left, an empty trailer immediately took its place as around 30 friends came to help.

Kathy Hunstad: “Honestly, it makes this kind of exciting. It make's this fun and really helps us look forward to a new home because we'll take our friends with us.”

Kathy is a youth minister at Trinity Lutheran Church and the family is actively involved in the Moorhead theatre program.

Kathy: “I'm on the brink of tears all day because you know there are a lot of things that happen in life and this isn't the worst thing, but because we had to move, this is just incredible to have all these people.”

David: “It's so nice to have so many friends. It's unbelievable how they've poured out to help.”

As quickly as one home empties, with help from friends and family, their new home is already filling up.