Jun 23, 2014 12:10 AM by Akeam Ashford
In just one week, the St. Jude Dream home will be given away, giving new hope to boys and girls who desperately need it. Last year, more than $1 million dollars was raised.
It's a three bedroom, three bath home that's on display every day this week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Ella Trace subdivision just off La Neuville in Broussard.
Anyone who tours the house can purchase their tickets on site and register to win a $5,000 visa gift card. The drawing is one week from today.
However, it's not just about giving away a home, it's about the people in it too.
For example, the women of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority greet every visitor to the St Jude Dream Home.
"I was buying tickets long before I joined the chapter," said Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority member Jackie Domingue.
They've been doing it for more than 30 years. Domingue understands the importance every dollar makes.
"I have grandchildren, and for the most part they're grown, but I still have an eight year old and a 13-year-old and anything can happen," Domingue said.
She said one of the tickets she sells might not only give one Acadiana family a new home, but also give a child a new chance at life.
"It is very important. If they would see pictures or hear the stories about these children that St. Jude has helped, they would come out and support this organization," Domingue said.
The sorority is already more than half way to their goal of selling 11,000 tickets. However, the real goal for these women, is knowing they're doing their part to better the lives of boys and girls who are fighting for their lives.
"Because that's more money that goes to St. Jude, and that's what we're doing, that's why we are doing this," Domingue said.