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09/06/05 - Lufkin

From Evacuee To Volunteer

by Jessica Cervantez

She's a Katrina victim from New Orleans, who says she feels like a queen. The generosity and compassion of East Texas, is making her find a way to give back.

Michelle Jones said, "I'm from New Orleans, I'm from the heart of where everything started."

She does not know where her family is, or if her home is destroyed, but she still finds a way to be thankful for what she does have.

Jones said, "They have given us clothes, personal items, fed us constantly, they have shown us so much love and compassion. We are just so grateful and thankful, not only to be alive, but to be here in Texas."

So thankful, that even though Jones came in as an evacuee, she is now a volunteer.

Jones said, "I came in as an evacuee, and I decided that they are doing so much that I need to give something back to them, so I'm helping now as a volunteer. It's great, I feel like I'm doing something."

Jones knows she has a long road ahead. But, already, she feels like she has a second home in Texas.

"Thank you Texas, thank you Texas, and the people of Texas currently," Jones said.

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