Evacuees spend free time helping others through Habitat for Humanity

With evacuees staying in shelters across east Texas, many have been bored, wanting to do something to help and give back.

Today, some of them staying at the old Walmart shelter spent the day working with Habitat For Humanity.

KLTV 7's Danielle Capper was with them for part of the day.

With their lives in limbo, these evacuees are hard at work.

"We just decided to get out and see if we could help today. We are enjoying it," said Bertha Grey, from Beaumont.

"It's always good to give back what you're getting. It's a blessing. Help others like I'm being helped now. I really appreciate it," said Fredrick Brouchett, also from Beaumont.

Working to improve east Texan's homes, even though the future of their own homes is uncertain.

"Blessing in the lord everything will be good when we go back there. We just have to wait until that time comes," said Brouchett.

"I'm not worried about what FEMA is giving or what Red Cross is giving or anything like that. I just thank God for being alive," said Grey.

And east Texas volunteers are thankful for their new friends and colleagues.

"They're here and we're here having a ball," said Margo Ballew, a volunteer. "They are over here helping other people, helping build new lives and they don't even know if they have their own lives. It's just great. They are special people."

"I just love helping people," said Grey.

For Bertha and many others, it's their faith that keeps them strong.

"Faith in God, faith in man and faith in people," said Grey.

"We all have to take one step at a time and leave it in the Lord's hand. That's it," said Brouchett.

And until they can head back home, they are more than happy to lend a hand.

A few of the evacuees today told us they might even make their stay permanent. They said they are tired of running from storms and really like east Texas people.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com