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Amanda Berry and grandfather reunite

After more than 10 years in captivity, Amanda Berry was able to come face-to-face with her grandfather.

Troy Berry didn't want to leave Cleveland last Sunday as planned, so he stayed an extra day. He's now back in Elizabethton, a place where Berry used to spend her summers and he's now sharing details about the reunion.

"It's unbelievable," Berry said of the moment he saw his granddaughter. "You can't explain it. It's just wonderful."

Berry, her six year-old daughter and two other previously kidnapped women were freed from an Ohio home last week. Five days later, she was in her grandfather's arms as he traveled from Northeast Tennessee to see her.

Troy Berry can't remember what he said to her, but he says she told him, "I love you" and then they hugged each other. After that, his new granddaughter joined in.

"She jumped on my lap and said, 'Papaw, give me a hug,'" Berry recalled smiling. "She is so smart. (Amanda) said she taught her a lot at home when (the alleged kidnapper) wasn't around."

The family took pictures of the reunion, but Berry says the FBI told them it'll be weeks before they can develop those photos. Berry says they're still trying to figure out when Amanda can come here to visit, but when she does, her 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo her grandfather promised her before she disappeared will be as good as new.

After hearing about Amanda's love for the car from one of our previous stories, several body and detail shops offered to help fix it up.

"It's just a touching story," The Detail Shop Owner Sean Carden said. "I couldn't imagine it being my kids, couldn't imagine being put in that situation. It breaks my heart."

That's why the father of four has offered to clean the car up for the family.

"We can take that thing and shine it right up, make her proud, make her happy like she deserves," Carden said.

Pecan Ridge Painting and Body in Mosheim has offered to paint the car for free.

"Just to help out because we feel like we can do something like that to help," owner Larry Travis said. "I know the situation. I've been listening to it on the radio and stuff and I think it'd be a good thing to do."

The car is going to need new parts too. Toyota of Knoxville has offered to try and help with that.

"I was restored an '86 Monte Carlo when my son graduated high school and it just kind of hit a nerve," customer representative Bill Hargis said. "The car's been sitting there waiting on her. We really do want to help her. I think it's something that needs to be done."

Berry says he's going to take them up on those kind offers.

"Times like these a lot of people jump in and do what they can," Berry said. "They come out of the woodwork when you need them."

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