RAW TRANSCRIPT: Amanda, Gina and Michelle issue thanks - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

RAW TRANSCRIPT: Amanda, Gina and Michelle issue thanks

Amanda, Michelle & Gina Amanda, Michelle & Gina

Amanda Berry

"First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It's been unbelievable. I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there to support us has been a blessing to have such an outpour of love and kindness. I'm getting stronger each day, and having my privacy has helped immensely. I ask that everyone continue to respect our privacy and give us time to have a normal life."

Michelle Knight

"Thank you everyone for your love, support and donations which help me build a brand new life. I just want everyone to know I'm doing just fine. I may have been through hell and back but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground, walking hand in hand with my best friend. I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation. I don't want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is on control. We have been hurt by people but we need to rely on God as being the judge. God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me was to help others who have been in the same situation I have been in. To know that there is someone there to lean on and to talk to, I'm in control of my own destiny with the guidance of God. I have no problems expressing how I feel inside. Be positive. Learn that it is important to give than to receive. Thank you for all of your prayers. I'm looking forward to my brand new life. Thank you."

Gina DeJesus

"I would say thank you for the support."

Felix DeJesus (Gina's Father)

"I would like to thank everybody who donated to the "Courage Fund" for these girls and everybody that donated. I would also like to thank the families for having so much passion and faith and strength to go along with us."

Nancy Ruiz (Gina's Mother)

"I would like to personally thank the "Courage Fund." Everybody in general and I'm also saying my community, my neighbors. Every single one, they know who they are...awesome. So people...and I'm not just talking people, parents in general that does have a loved one missing...please do me one big favor count on your neighbors. Don't be afraid to ask for help because help is available."

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