Family grieving after flood, fire blessed with Saintly generosity

Family grieving after flood, fire blessed with Saintly generosity

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Saints final preseason game gave one family affected by the recent flood the opportunity to put aside its worries.

To say it's been a rough month for the Lucas family is an understatement. The family of five watched as flood waters rose in their Zachary neighborhood weeks ago.

"We got rescued by boat that Saturday morning. We got taken to a shelter. Right after the shelter, my parents came from Slidell to pick us up," Ashley Lucas said.

When the flood waters receded and while cleaning up their mess, creating a relief effort for neighbors, and finding time for little league football, tragedy struck again.

"This past Friday my husband's truck had an electrical short that blew up and caught his truck, my truck and our house on fire," Ashley said. "Now, we are displaced again but we're just trying to make it."

"It feels kind of bad because I really miss everything that was in my house," 7-year-old Jalen Lucas said. "We had to throw it away."

With a look inside the family's home, there's no doubt the road ahead is long and uncertain.

"I've been trying to stay up for the family. I know my wife's been stressing out but I've got to be the strong one, the backbone," Jay Lucas said.

But while the family searched for strength, there were those willing to pitch in.

This week a friend nominated the family to get tickets for the Saints final preseason game, and super fan Gametime Saint blessed the family with five tickets to Thursday's game.

For one night, their smiles dawned brighter than their struggle ahead, and they speak volumes of how just the slightest bit of kindness can make a difference for those in need.

"We're not going to get to go back home after this. We're going to have to go back to a hotel room, but for the time being, I'm just going to enjoy that we're here. We're going to have fun," Ashley said. "I feel blessed everyday that I can hug my husband and my family, and faith, family and football that's a huge thing."

"We have to go back to reality after the game," Jay said. "But as long as my family is safe and I'm with them, everything else doesn't even matter."

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