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4/2/08 - San Augustine

Providing A Helping Hand

by Donna McCollum

There was a combined effort of generosity when food was handed over to isolated flood victims. The Red Cross, Brookshire Brothers, San Augustine and Sabine county governments and the U.S. Forest Service.   U.S. Forest Service safety officer Marsha Cooper said, " Safety is a big issue. We want to make sure that lives are saved and if there is anybody in need, we're gonna get out there and help them. "

A lot of individuals are paid to do the kind work, but then there are the volunteers. A flooded out homeowner receives help from a man in a uniform. Private Kyle Holrath with the Texas Army National Guard explained,  " It's just my duty as a soldier and my duty as a civilian of San Augustine, a citizen, to help out the town every way I can. "

The Southern Baptists of Texas bring their willingness to work. They say they have a good boss. The men said collectively,  " We do this in the name of Jesus. He's our boss. Jesus is our boss."  

Mayor Leroy Hughes is busy evaluating damages and finding places for people to live, but he's never too busy just to stop and listen.   " if they want to talk, I listen cause that seem like that they fill a little bit eased whenever that they can talk to somebody. "

There are all kinds of way of going about helping people out in a time of need. Right now there's a dire need for building materials. Many flood victims are very poor. Those who can't afford lumber to make repairs are requesting that rain soaked sheetrock and belongings aren't removed from the homes. They're going to try to live in the mildewing mess.

Some families are being placed in limited government housing with the Red Cross providing the deposit. Mayor Hughes if hopeful that big box stores and lumber stores will donate or provide at reduced cost building material and appliances.  

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