Feeding Thousands Of Storm Victims

A warm meal on the table and a safe place to stay, the Salvation Army may be the only certainty for the people forced from their homes by hurricane Rita.

"We could be on the side of the street without some place to go or some place to go with breathing room only," says Dorothy Fuselier, who evacuated from Port Acres.

This shelter truly was a "Salvation" for Dorothy Fuselier and her family who left Port Acres for Zavalla and relocated here when that shelter lost power.

"If you didn't bring enough clothing or whatever, they have a little thrift store and they give you a voucher and you can get enough clothing for five days. Everything we need is here," she says.

Dorothy's grand-daughter, Michelle says they have tears and miss home, but this place is filled with love.

"It was a God-given thing that we found this place," says Michelle Fuller of Port Acres, age 15.

And (also God-given) that Maria Graffaglino came into their lives. Michelle even calls her Lola that's Phillippino for grandmother.

"There's my friend, everybody has been very supportive, we try to laugh and we pray together," says Maria who is from Port Arthur.

Maria needed comfort after being separated from her daughter and grandchildren because of the storm.

"Now I am trying to forget things and find something to do for other people," she says.

That's because the Salvation Army has given Maria and many others so much.

"We are feeding as of today over 1100 meals a day for evacuees plus our normal 500 and as we speak we're gearing up to feed another 1500," says Linda Edwards with the Tyler Salvation Army.

And it's the grace of God, Linda says, that the Salvation Army can help those at home and so many left homeless by hurricanes.

Dana Dixon, Reporting. ddixon@kltv.com