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Jun 12, 2013 11:40 PM by Steven Albritton

Acadiana Red Cross Volunteers Return From Oklahoma


Two Acadiana Red Cross volunteers returned home Wednesday, after spending almost a month in Oklahoma. Franklin natives, Bobby and Claudia Boudreaux drove up to help those devastated by the massive tornadoes that left more than 20 people dead. For the Boudreaux's, they are called into action when disaster strikes. The say the the damage is indescribable, but the people they encountered were thankful for their help.

"We just had a good experience with the people that we serviced over there. They were very courteous and nice to us," Bobby Boudreaux said.

In the last month, the Franklin natives did everything they could to help. Doing everything from preparing and handing out meals, to going door to door asking if people needed a hand.

"We had supplies that we would go bring to the victims and give them shovels, rakes, garbage bags and things that they needed to clean up with," Boudreaux said.

They even had a close call themselves. They were forced into the basement of their own hotel when more tornadoes threatened the area days later.

"We waited there for two and a half hours. The storm passed just west of us maybe two or three miles (away) it touched down. So, it didn't hit where we were at which was good," he said.

In the end, they say throughout this trip, they were proud to see the resilience of the human spirit in both volunteers and in the victims.

"The people over there, they have so much help. I mean churches, everybody comes together. You had people from everywhere you could think of from all over the country," Boudreaux said.

The Boudreaux's plan to visit friends and family now that they are back home, but are prepared to leave again whenever the next disaster hits.

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