Evacuees Give Back

New Orlenians staying in Dothan's first church of the Nazarene wanted so much to show their gratitude for the help they've received they found only one way to do it, in the kitchen.

"That's how we show our love," said Belinda Randolph, while literally working over a hot stove, its through our food."

Randolph is one of several folks from Louisiana who has received services from the church. In fact, the evacuees are running out of ways to express their thanks.

"Some people, if they had places in their homes, or had a house, they let us stay," said New Orleanian Carrol Hieser.

Evacuee Robert Miles said "they've given us money, clothing, suitcases - anything you can think of. So we just want to give a little back, to show our gratitude, which of course we can never show."

But folks from the big easy only know one way to say thank you.

"With food of course", said Robert, "its what we do best."

Well it’s a good thing Robert is a chef, who came up with the idea of preparing a meal for the same volunteers who've helped him get back on his feet. Forty pounds of sausage, ten pounds of red beans, forty pounds of rice, and ten chickens later, this Louisiana kitchen started feeding nearly 300 locals Wednesday. But this feast is more than just a gesture - its a house-warming party for many of these evacuees, who we'll soon begin to call our neighbors.

Evacuee Carroll Simmons says her family is "thinking about living here, and making Dothan our home.”

"Everything is under water for me," said Robert. "So I've got a job already and I'm gonna stay here.”


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