Local group distributes old furniture to give new hope

By Holley Nees - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Roy Lee Blair just moved.

"I was living in a tent," Blair said.

He said he wanted to escape.

"Well I kind of put it in my own mind that I was on a furlough, camping out in the woods hunting," he said.

Now, Roy does not have to pretend anymore.

"When I was growing up, they say the Lord works in mysterious ways, you know, so I guess this is one of His ways," said Blair.

Volunteers are packing up furniture that has been donated from about 20 people in the East Texas area and delivering them to 20 more homes in need.

"Just to know that you have enhanced their living some, that's important to me," said Volunteer Fateemah Elaire.

Important enough to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday.

"If you had ever taken items into someone's home, when they have a bare house the excitement in their eyes," said Encourager Program Coordinator Angela Kirk.

Blair admitted, "It kind of puts tears in your eyes, you know.  But, I'm going to try to be a man about it and don't let it roll."

However, many trucks were ready to roll, full of donated items.

"This is good usable furniture so it's good that someone else can use it.  We're happy to give it to him," Donator Ray Worsham said.

People like Roy are happy to get it.

"The best part about it, a place to sit.  Plus, a TV, I plugged it in already," Roy said.

The encourager program helped Roy find a home in the first place, but for Angela a new home is not enough.

"Just having a place to lay down at night doesn't make it feel like a home," Kirk said.

Now, Roy has a home.

"Now I say I'm in paradise," He said.

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