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09/14/05 - Lufkin

A Louisiana Family Gets A Helping Hand

by Jessica Cervantez

You might remember Kimberly Amat and her family. In a previous KTRE story, she was asking for help. Her home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and she didn't know where to turn.

"We're self sufficient people, we have worked hard all of our lives," Amat said in a previous interview.

But after the story aired, an East Texas couple came to her rescue.

Margaret Carroll, a Brookeland resident, said, "she really touched our heart. Her desperation, her frustration with the system. It made us want to help them."

Appliances like washers and dryers are things that many of us take for granted, but for families like the Amat's, it is a blessing.

Kimberly said, "It's like gold, it's like gold."

The Carroll's also provided bed wear and clothes for the family. The Amats barely have the words to describe how they feel.

The Carrolls are just glad they could lend a hand.

Margaret Carroll said, "don't give up, just take baby step, and let people help."

The Amat family plans to start over and stay in East Texas. They are now renting a house in Trinity County.

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