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2/28/08-Upshur County

East Texans Pull Together To Help Our Their Own

It was the ALERT Academy of Big Sandy to the rescue--doing the dirty work of clearing out the land where the Dorsey's home once stood.   "They lost a lot of their personal items, so we're just doing it as a ministry to them," said Aaron Miller with the Air-Land Emergency Resource Team.  Miller and about a dozen of his ALERT colleagues lent hands, saws and cutting torches to bring one East Texas family home again.

We first met the Printiss and Chiketa Dorsey family while they sifted through the ashes after fire burned their home to the ground.  It was a story that inspired one East Texan to help.  A few days after the fire, Chiketa Dorsey said she received a phone call from TaylorMade Mortgage.  "She propositioned us about a house and about building on," she said. 

"First, we thought it was a joke," said Printiss.  "It was hard to believe, at first.  It's like one of those things that only happens on TV."

But it was real.  Tabatha Clayton is a loan officer with TaylorMade Mortgage.  After seeing the story we first aired in January, she was moved to do something to help.  "I started calling Lowe's and a couple of contractors that I know," she said.  She eventually encountered a number of local and national businesses interested in donating the materials to build the Dorsey's a brand new home. 

In just a few short weeks, dump trucks were on site, hauling away the old, and builders are lined up to help bring in the new.   "Everybody has just put their hands in," she said.  "I'm just making phone calls.  It's these guys that are coming out here, and they're really helping a lot."

And the Dorsey's?  They said they can't wait until things are back to normal.  "To come back to a house--that would really be a blessing for me and my kids," said Chiketa.  "Like they say, there's no place like home," said Printiss. 

They were grateful for the East Texans able to giving what they can.  "I just want to prove that East Texas can pull together and take care of their own," said Clayton.

For information on how you can help the Dorsey's, click the Know More on 7 Link and find the "Helping the Dorsey's" link.

Layron Livingston, Reporting  llivingston@kltv.com


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