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Kirbyville church proves 'Hope Works' to flood victims

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NEWTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Kirbyville Baptist Church monthly Saturday event had a special purpose this month.

The Trout Creek Baptist Church ‘Hope Works’ event is usually dedicated to feeding low-income families on the final Saturday of each month. However, this weekend, it turned into a resource center for those affected by the massive amounts of rain that caused flooding in Deep East Texas.

“They’re people constantly bringing in stuff, trying to help everyone, and you see some of the rigidness begin to relax in the people who are in so much need right now,” Audine Rathbun, South East Texas food bank coordinator said.

For most of the flood victims, this is the worst natural disaster they've experienced.

“I’ve been here for 35 years in the same place,” Carol Graham, a flood victim said.  “I’ve been through Rita, Ike, and a whole bunch of hurricanes and stuff. This time we got it bad, It happened so fast.”

“The Lord is good to me, because we couldn’t get in and we couldn’t get out,” Modestine Thomas, a flood victim said.

The Trout Creek Baptist Church set up food, health and clothing stations to help flood victims and low-income families get a fresh start.

“It’s just nice that people do come together to help us,” Carol Boyd, a flood victim said. “This is like being in a movie, I’ve never done anything like this before or had to. Now that I’ve lost everything, I have no choice, but I’m thankful to God that he has these churches that are willing to open their arms and hearts to us.”

“They’re just so appreciative of everyone that’s giving anything to help,” Rathbun said.

For southeast Texans who lost everything in the floods, this event meant everything.

“We’re very appreciative of all the churches that have helped us through this ordeal we’re going through right now, because a lot of us lost everything,” Boyd said.

“I never thought I would get down like this, and now that I’m here, there are people right here helping,” Thomas said. “So that is great, and this is God’s goodness.”

Saturday’s ‘Hope Works’ event had 540 people attend.

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