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Katrina Survivors Share Holiday Cheer

December 22, 2005 – Posted at 4:42 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Every year there is always one home that causes traffic to slow down with its display of Christmas lights and decorations. The Delbridge family may be the Jonesboro version of the Griswald's.... but their story will warm your heart.

“We've been here since Katrina, August 29th, and we'll be making our home here in Jonesboro,” said Lisa Delbridge.

You can't help but notice the Delbridge home on Highway 49 in Jonesboro. But drivers in Region 8 really are lucky to even see it.

“Our house was destroyed as far as wind and hail ripped our roof off. Our storage unit, our building that we had behind our house didn't get damaged. So we were able to save all of our holiday decorations,” said Delbridge.

And what a collection it is!

The family came to Jonesboro after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home in Gulfport, Mississippi. They've been through a lot this year, but it's not dampening their holiday spirit. Not even when Lisa's husband Steve broke his back seven weeks ago trying to hang Christmas lights.

“I told my brother, he's an electrician, and I told my brother, I was at his house a couple of nights ago. I said, next year, we're going to be wired for Christmas!” laughed Delbridge, “So yes, it will be bigger and better next year.”

Even with the future in sight, the family says they are thankful for what they have now.

“God has blessed us a lot. We’re just happy to be here this year,” said Delbridge.

The Delbridge family says they enjoy decorating for Christmas...but their favorite holiday to celebrate is Halloween, and they tells us that we can expect a big display from them come next October.

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