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Radio Saigon matches 500 storm victims with volunteers "We had fallen, and someone noticed."
Houston Chronicle ^ | August 31, 2005 | DAI HUYNH

Posted on 08/31/2005 2:49:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Last night, Nhi Tran slept among angels.

HOUSTON Tuesday morning the New Orleans resident, his wife, Susan, 8-year-old son Johnny and other relatives were homeless, roaming Houston in their cars looking for a haven.

As they listened to Radio Saigon Houston KREH-AM (900), a woman's voice offered a ray of hope. The speaker announced in their native tongue that hurricane victims were being placed in Vietnamese homes throughout Houston. People were gathering at Hong Kong City Mall on Bellaire Boulevard.

After two hours of waiting in line behind hundreds of other Vietnamese displaced by Katrina, Tran found his angel. Tammy Nguyen saw Tran from a distance. Standing beside him was Johnny, who bore a strong resemblance to her son.

11 guests for the night Nguyen, the mother of two, was at the market to pick up some groceries. She ended up taking home the entire 11-member Tran family instead.

"I felt compelled," she said. "When I saw the child, I knew I had to offer what little comfort I could to his family. I thought perhaps they could find some semblance of peace in a real home rather than in a shelter among hundreds of strangers."

Volunteers mobilized by Radio Saigon managed to find shelter for about 500 hurricane victims in local Vietnamese homes, Buddhist temples and churches. The Vietnamese Dominican Sisters are housing 200 of the refugees at their convent.

"So many of them couldn't speak or understand English," Vu Thanh Thuy, the station's CEO, said of the refugees. "They didn't know where to go. When I heard reports that there were people sleeping in the parking lot of Hong Kong market, I knew we had to do something.

"On Monday, we called all the community leaders and volunteers to open their hearts and homes to strangers. I've been amazed by the response. Hundreds of people have come out. And when they didn't have a room to offer, they dropped off gas and restaurant certificates."

'Strangers' also 'family' Trang Van, 67, was among the people placed in homes Monday night. She came back to the mall Tuesday afternoon with her 2-year-old granddaughter to catch up on the news of the damage in New Orleans.

"I knew there would be people drifting in today. I wanted to be there with them. They're strangers, but at the same time, they're family. We're all waiting to see if we still have a home to return to," she said as she pulled a blanket closer to the toddler asleep in a shopping cart.

"We came in one van. There were 11 of us — not much room to bring anything else but the clothes on our backs," she said in Vietnamese.

Nguyen arrived back in her Spring Branch home Tuesday with Tran and his family in tow. Tonight they will at least have a home-cooked meal, she said.

Tran, the owner of a laundry, settled into the bedroom with his family. "Yes, I'm worried about what's left in New Orleans," he said. "My car, will I have my car to go to work in? But at the same time I'm joyful that in a moment of difficulty there would be someone like Tammy to lift us up. We had fallen, and someone noticed."

dai.huynh@chron.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: angles; houston; hurricane; katrina; neworleans; relief
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1 posted on 08/31/2005 2:49:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And from the title I was thinking a foreign country was actually offering actual aid...


2 posted on 08/31/2005 2:58:17 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Happy2BMe; Memother; chesty_puller; Bigun; JohnHuang2; mhking; ...

11 guests for the night Nguyen, the mother of two, was at the market to pick up some groceries. She ended up taking home the entire 11-member Tran family instead.

The Spirit of America Lives on and on !

God Bless them every one !


3 posted on 08/31/2005 3:03:40 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (secus acutulus exspiro ab Acheron bipes actio absol ab Acheron supplico)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

bump!


4 posted on 08/31/2005 3:06:35 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: DB; ATOMIC_PUNK; nmh
These people know what it's like to be desperate.

The Spirit of America Lives on and on !

BUMP!

5 posted on 08/31/2005 3:09:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: DB

Yeah me too. Guess thats just wishful thinkin --huh. I guess we are being punished for being so cheap with the Tsunami victims.


6 posted on 08/31/2005 3:10:27 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

We'll take care of our own.


7 posted on 08/31/2005 3:14:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bless them and those who care for them.


8 posted on 08/31/2005 3:26:11 AM PDT by Khurkris (Ain't life funny?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

http://www.khou.com/

More shelters open to accommodate evacuees

HISD raises funds for hurricane victims, accepts students from storm zone

Helping those in need by rolling up your sleeve

Spirit of Texas Hurricane Relief Fund

and elsewhere on the page

Wing, a prayer: Most serious La. patients flown to Houston

07:41 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 30, 2005

other stories about animal shelter..

Love Thy Neighbor


9 posted on 08/31/2005 3:26:13 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33; Khurkris

Eric Schweinsberg hits a golf ball he found while looking at the destroyed homes and businesses along Market Street in Pass Christian, Miss. AJC photo


GULFPORT , Miss - Elvin Duckworth, left, Jonathan Harvey, center, and Leonard Harvey paddle a row boat through a flooded street.


MOSS POINT, Miss Residents make their way to safety through flood waters that swept through low lying areas.

10 posted on 08/31/2005 3:30:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: DB

Don't hold your hand on your a$$ till THAT happens....


11 posted on 08/31/2005 3:32:04 AM PDT by Born Conservative ("If not us, who? And if not now, when? - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Nice to know that even tho many of these folks barely spoke English they had the good sense to leave the danger area.

Bless those who noticed the fallen and did something wonderful.

12 posted on 08/31/2005 3:33:13 AM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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To: OldFriend; All
They have a good support system and survival instincts.

Advice for choosing a charity

13 posted on 08/31/2005 3:37:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: OldFriend

Amen


14 posted on 08/31/2005 3:38:12 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That's a neat story. Thanks for posting.


15 posted on 08/31/2005 3:51:36 AM PDT by DeeOhGee (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: DeeOhGee

They're setting a good example.


16 posted on 08/31/2005 3:59:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I know this will sound critical but people in the black community need to take notice of the generosity these people display in a crisis and stop looting the stores. When has there ever been a local disaster that there weren't mostly black people looting? I can't imagine being so brainwashed by dems that you think you're entitled to other people's property because you think you're getting back at the The Man. It's disgusting.


17 posted on 08/31/2005 4:11:06 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

These are the kind of smart, industrious immigrants that we welcome into our country. They have decency and they help each other. Thanks for posting this story.


18 posted on 08/31/2005 4:15:42 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: DB

Me too, at first. Silly me.


19 posted on 08/31/2005 4:27:20 AM PDT by Shannon
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To: rabidralph

Most black people wouldn't steal. These are inner city poor; generations of welfare dependents.


20 posted on 08/31/2005 4:28:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: kittymyrib

Bump!


21 posted on 08/31/2005 4:30:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. Matthew 24:38-39


22 posted on 08/31/2005 4:32:02 AM PDT by KateatRFM
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Thanks - we need more like them.

BTTT

23 posted on 08/31/2005 4:46:11 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (Viva La MIGRA - LONG LIVE THE BORDER PATROL!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Last night, Nhi Tran slept among angels."

Great lede. Great story.

And rhis is exactly the sort of generosity I'd expect from the Vietnamese in America. Most over the age of 40 remember arriving here with nothing, and many having survived a terrible and dangerous journey.

24 posted on 08/31/2005 5:43:58 AM PDT by angkor
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

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And just look at what the Freedom Loving Vietnamese had to go thru just to get here...

...or NOT:


Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1308949/posts

.


25 posted on 08/31/2005 6:17:11 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks. We should never forget.


26 posted on 08/31/2005 6:25:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: angkor

Yes.


27 posted on 08/31/2005 6:25:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Thanks for the ping!


28 posted on 08/31/2005 6:36:00 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

In my wife's family, half a dozen or so went for "reeducation." Two are permanently cripped as a result.

Many of her friends' husbands here in the States had been pilots or other RSVN officers, and most of those guys did 16 years (it always seems to be 16 for some reason).


29 posted on 08/31/2005 6:37:32 AM PDT by angkor
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

My duty in Viet Nam required me to live in a small poor village and protect the people. To this day I am amazed by the kindness I witnessed there. They took care of each other.


30 posted on 08/31/2005 3:27:36 PM PDT by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

My duty in Viet Nam required me to live in a small poor village and protect the people. To this day I am amazed by the kindness I witnessed there. They took care of each other.


31 posted on 08/31/2005 3:31:05 PM PDT by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: DB
And from the title I was thinking a foreign country was actually offering actual aid...

Me too. That being said we have PLENTY of Vietnamese immigrants here in Silicon Valley. Yes, we have a few Vietnamese gangbangers, but they are overwhelmingly wonderful people. Very industrious, studious, and glad to be here!

32 posted on 08/31/2005 3:35:29 PM PDT by null and void (It's all like watching a train wreck, in slow motion, from the front of the train.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Great story. American immigrants giving back...helping those who need it most. Thanks for posting.


33 posted on 08/31/2005 3:35:55 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: angkor

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Please thank your wife's family for its LOVE of FREEDOM and for being the shining example
for the rest of us to follow in a new time of war...

...with our own FREEDOM directly at stake here at home.

.


34 posted on 08/31/2005 8:39:05 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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