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Help still arriving 1 month after Isaac

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Laplace, La - It's been a month since Isaac hit Louisiana. Many neighborhoods that flooded are still a mess. Flood victims have a long way to go, but some say they also have lots of reasons to be thankful.

Vader Wilson got about three feet of water in her home in the Cambridge Subdivision in Laplace. When the flood waters receded, she tried to start gutting her home on her own, but it proved to be too much for her to handle. "At one point I got to a stand still to where I put two signs in my windows that said, please help me!" explained Wilson. Help arrived in the form of volunteers. "It's wonderful to see that so many church groups have given to us here in St. John the Baptist Parish. We just feel grateful," she said.

The help is still coming to St. John. Next door to Wilson's home, volunteers with Samaritan's Purse spent the day cleaning her neighbor's yard. The faith based disaster relief effort brings in volunteers from across the country. Alice Smith is from Michigan. "If we can come along and move some trees or rake up some debris, it just helps them recover a little bit and get some hope and that's really what it's all about," said Smith.

Some of the volunteers are here to pay it forward. They were helped by Samaritan's Purse when disaster struck their lives. They say they know how a helping hand and a few kinds words can make a world of difference in times like these. "We've already felt and been through the pain that they're going through now. And because of that, we truly understand," said Virginia Anthony of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Anthony lost everything when tornadoes ripped through her area in April of last year. At one point she was homeless. She says Samaritan's Purse helped her get back on her feet. "I will forever be grateful for Samaritan's Purse and will always be a part of it from now on," said Anthony.

She's happy to be part of an effort that is dedicated to helping people the way she was helped in her time of need. Right now, there are many still in need in Laplace. "It's a long road ahead of us, " said Wilson. "We just have to take it one day at a time. That all I can do, one day at a time."

For more information on the work of Samaritan's Purse, go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Relief_and_Development/Volunteer_with_US_Disaster_Relief/

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