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12/02/05 - Lufkin

Evacuees Make the Most of the Holidays

by Ramonica R. Jones

Glendell Smith has been living in Lufkin since Hurricane Katrina tore up his family's home in New Orleans, but the new Lufkin High School senior is determined to make the most of the holiday season.

"It's going to be different because you're not around your family and your hometown, but I can try to make it work with the people that are around me now. It's going to be strange," Smith said.

Glendell is in Lufkin with his little brother. His mom went back to New Orleans to try and salvage what the storm didn't destroy. He's hoping she'll be back in time for Christmas.

"We're going to try to meet up. I'll probably go down there, she'll probably come up here, and we'll make it work."

With no decorations, no presents, or even a tree to put them under, this Christmas will definitely be different than in years past for many hurricane evacuees. But making it through the deadly storm is probably the greatest gift of all.

Several organizations in Lufkin will help make Christmas special for hurricane evacuees. Many of their names are already on the Salvation Army's Angel Tree in the Lufkin Mall.

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