Posted: Oct 15, 2010 7:21 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Oct 15, 2010 7:29 PM
Monday afternoon, preacher Elton Sam picked up his phone. It was his neighbor.
"She said that the house was on fire and there were four fire trucks." Sam said, "but the whole house was consumed at the time."
Sam and his family lost everything but each other.
His wife and daughter left the home just minutes before an electrical fire broke-out.
"It has taught me, and my wife and my kids how it feels to appreciate the simple things in life," Sam said.
However, not all was lost; a new hope for the Sam family is coming in the form of friends. About a dozen people from this community are coming together to help rebuild their old house.
"I feel if I were in the same predicament," friend Chris Dorion says, "everybody that's here would be there for me."
Dorion is helping his community put the house back together.
The Sams were forced to leave the home after Hurricane Rita destroyed it.
With a little love and a lot of work, they'll once again call it home.
"It may be two weeks, it may be longer," Dorion said. "But if we can all come together and work, we should be able to get it all done."
"Just to know that individuals are coming together," Sam said was rewarding. "Black, white, mexican, every nationality there is has reached out to us."
Friends there to let the Sam family know that home will always be right here in Opelousas.
If you would like to make a donation to the Sam family, you're asked to contact them through their e-mail: