August 31, 2005
We first met the 60-member Lebeau family at Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road. They came to ask the Red Cross for help. And help they need. This extended family of 60 includes tiny babies and two pregnant women.
“I lost my whole home, my car, all my clothes, my baby clothes,” said Jamie Lebeau.
The Lebeau family lives about 15 minutes from the Super Dome in New Orleans. They fled Hurricane Katrina Sunday. They lost two cars along the way, forcing some to ride in the back of their pickup.
The Lebeaus stayed in an Atlanta hotel until money ran out. And that’s when they came to Augusta.
The Bell Terrace Presbyterian Church gave the Lebeaus much-needed clothes and shoes. Some of them came in their slippers.
“I was crying, now I feel much better because we got somewhere to go, somebody helping us,” said Amele Lebeau.
The family ended up here at Warren Baptist Church where they got a hot meal, warm shower and a cot to sleep on.
But a bed is just the first step to restoring these lives. Most of their jobs are gone. And all of their possessions are likely underwater. And that’s why this may seem like a large caravan, but it’s all the Lebeaus have left.
“With the good Lord’s help we’ve got to stick together because we’re family,” Amele said.
“I didn’t loose my family. I got my health and strength and I’m still alive, so everything I lost is materialistic,” Keith Lebeau said.
And for now, at least they’ve got each other.