Lufkin good Samaritan has prayers answered

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – With hope larger than this packed truck, clothing drive organizer Don Turner was counting on someone to answer his call for help.

"A lot of them expressed interest in helping unload the truck," said Turner. "When I told some what time it would be, some I guess you could say opted out."

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, his only help was a truck driver assigned by his job. "I wasn't really sure exactly, I knew I had to help unload so I mean that's the least we can do for somebody who's put as much time and effort as he has," said Michael Morgan, Brookshire Brothers employee.

Turner, working alone with only one good leg, set-out before sunrise to complete his mission. Not knowing a Lufkinite Valli Ann Kerr, who saw his story on KTRE, would become his unexpected hero.

"She (Valli Ann Kerr) came in my office yesterday afternoon with a look of sheer panic on her face," said David Hornberger, who helped Turner unload the trailer. "She couldn't figure out how to get that trailer unloaded with just the driver."

Shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, we received a call from Kerr that Hornberger and four others and a forklift had arrived in Houston to help turner unload the truck.

"He was a little bit in awe of all the help that showed up," said Hornberger. "You could just the appreciation on his face."

Turner tells us he never lost hope. "It goes to show you that people no matter what part of Texas you're in or what part of the world you're in you have people that really care about what happens and they're willing to step-forward and help out," he said."

Only now is Turner's good deed mission complete.

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