New Mexican women volunteer to help Hurricane Michael victims | KOB 4

New Mexican women volunteer to help Hurricane Michael victims

Joy Wang
December 16, 2018 08:55 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Often times, first responders don't just protect and serve the people in their community, but also other areas that might need some help.


A few New Mexicans spent the last week traveling thousands of miles to help people devastated by hurricane Michael.

“Sometimes we get caught up in all of our stuff and when there's a devastation you can see in this picture,” said Kathy Thibodaux, a volunteer and chaplain. “This is all of their stuff that they cannot save."

She along with five other volunteers drove thousands of miles to Panama City beach and Mexico City beach to try and save what they knew many victims had lost, hope.

“Well they need hope. Every one that had lost everything needed hope,” said Thibodaux. “Especially during the holidays when you think about the children who are not able to go to school because the schools no longer exist, they don't have a home.”

It's been two months since hurricane Michael ripped through the region.

While most people have seen the physical damage, a few New Mexican women focused on the scars you couldn't see.

“Made homemade cookies and when we went out to see people we would go up to a door and talk to someone we would just offer them one cookie, and it would open the door for us to be able to talk to them,” said Thibodaux. “So we just took on the motto 'one cookie at a time' as we went down each street one door at a time knocked on it to see if they would be able to tell us their story.”

She said the biggest fear many of them had was being forgotten, that feeling of being alone.

“There was an 80-year-old couple that we met and they were living in a house that had been condemned. They had no place to go and they didn't have any family. They didn't have any electricity or utilities because it was a condemned home,” said Thibodaux.

But what they did have, was each other, and a few New Mexicans who truly believe it's the people that make a place home.


Joy Wang

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