Inspiration in tough times

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - It's one thing to cover a story. It's another thing to be right in the middle of it.

Hurricane Harvey destroyed my late mother's house with seven feet of water. But, I still have a place to lay my head. For many people I know there, they lost everything.

Many are elderly. They have to start over.

It was  inspiring to see neighbors helping others. We saw the Red Cross handing out cold water. That part actually made my wife cry.

Realizing, we are victims. I'm not a very good victim. We can pay for help with mom's house. Others have to depend on church groups.

God bless those groups. Strangers walked up to us and dropped off free supplies. Others dropped off food they made themselves.

I don't think I will ever get the flood smell out of my nose, but the helping hands of friends and strangers will never leave me.

As a friend of mine said, "there's  is a lot of love in southeast Texas right now."

Let's hope it stays.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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