Katrina Evacuees Look To Go Home

September 7, 2005 -- Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Hurricane Evacuees began to make their way into Region 8 a little over a week and a half ago, but now some of these families are looking for help to get back home.

Terry and Glenda Stull are from Laurel, Mississippi and traveled to Paragould to escape Katrina's wrath. When they arrived in Region 8 they came across a good neighbor at their motel.

After Betty Loftin, owner of the M&T motel, found out the Stull's were hurricane evacuees, she insisted the family stay there for free.

"I couldn't charge someone that way, I can't. They lost everything, and if I was in that situation I would be devastated too," said Loftin.

Since arriving in Paragould the Stull's have received lots of help, whether it's water, food, or even clothing, but it's some of the other necessities like gas they say they need the most.

"I've got enough to get gas if we have to take the long way. It may take a little over $100 in gas coming back. Gotta have something when I get there," said Terry Stull.

The family leaves to travel back to their home in Laurel on Saturday and are gracious for the help they have received.

"I'm thankful for the folks here in Arkansas, especially here in Jonesboro that helped us. The ones who helped, they know I thank them from the bottom of my heart, and they know who they are," said Terry Stull.

As evacuees return home they feel lucky to have spent an unwanted vacation in Region 8.