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Better East Texas: Sandy Recovery

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By Pat Stacey

In the wake of hurricane Sandy and the devastating impact along the east coast, it would be nice to end the story by saying that everyone pitched in and rebuilt the area better and stronger.  But that probably won't happen.  Remember back when Katrina hit the gulf coast area?  There were thousands of lawsuits, fraudulent fund raising and a rash of abuses, some of which are still being investigated today.  Natural disasters are horrible, but they are a part of living on earth and no one can be legally blamed for events like Sandy.  East Texans are always eager to help and that help will be needed for months so look for ways to contribute to the relief efforts as they are great and needed.  But just as there were with Katrina, there will be those that try to take advantage of the victims and even the offers to help.  If you are going to contribute money, make sure it is too a reputable source.  If you are going to volunteer your time, make sure you know where the benefits will be felt.  We have links to some of the major aid agencies on our website, KLTV dot com so check out your options.  From food, to clothing to a few dollars – all help is appreciated and needed.  Giving our neighbors a helping hand is the right thing to do as we enter the holiday season and it makes for a Better East Texas.

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