Angelina Co. church helping woman rebuild storm-ravaged home

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Since the Christmas storm, an East Texas woman has been living with a huge tree inside her home. But now an East Texas church is coming to her rescue.

The storm hit, knocking the tree over. Without the money to make repairs, she's has to deal with the smell of mold. Electricity is turned on but goes in and out.

"A bad storm came through and I knew it was bad and I was hoping it would end quickly but it didn't," Alicia Martin said. "It just kept going on for hours. Next thing I knew, something had fallen on my house and it sounded like an explosion."

But it wasn't an explosion, it was a giant tree. Worst part is, it was a month ago. She has been living with it ever since.

But now with the help of Restoration Worship Center, Martin will be able to get back on her feet.

"We like to help people around the community so this is nothing new, this is just the next project," Pastor Charles Williams said.

Martin said she feels trapped by her current living conditions.

Martin has to climb into the trailer through a rotted doorway into a trailer that is a fire hazard.

She keeps her clothes in her car to keep them dry.

Church leaders say it's heartbreaking to see.

"The face that people have been driving by here and not stopped, it amazes me at the lack of response," Jerry Miller said.

"It just almost made me cry because it is heartbreaking enough that in East Texas we have people that need help like this," Bobby Johnson said.

On Thursday, the group started clearing out land.

The group hopes tomorrow, they will be able to get a temporary trailer set up for Martin and then be able to focus on other needs she has.

But this whole experience, Martin says, has given her a new outlook on life.

"Now I know that people care about me," Martin said. "It is a completely different situation now."

If you would like to help, you can call Pastor Charles Williams at (936) 465-2694.

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