Thanks to All of Austin

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 3, 2005

Dear city of Austin,
    I would like to give a big thank-you to the city of Austin, from our little town of Wharton, Texas. A thanks as big as your city. I would like to give a special thanks from my family to the Delco Center. We stayed for five days and four nights. My husband, Albert Ray, and (myself) Lula (Allen) Ray, and our two sons. Our son Chaddrick Charlie Brown is handicapped with scoliosis. He also has written his first book, called I Am the Last Triplet. Also our younger son, Aveaire Ray. He wishes he could have brought his school uniforms (smile). He did bring his schoolbooks and a trophy that he got for A-B honor role at Wharton Junior High, seventh grade. Also there were my 79-year-old father. L.E. Allen, and his wife, Jean Eaten. Leslie Allen (my brother), (his wife) Patricia Allen, and (their grandson) Jason Freeman from Houston. He thoroughly enjoyed himself. When you're 6, it is a vacation. He smiled and laughed every day while we were there.
    I learned later my sister Robbie Lee and her husband, Pete, were there in one of your high school shelters. They brought with them their three children and one grandson.
    Also, there were some of our cousins sheltered at the LBJ. We had a lot of friends and neighbors all over the city in shelters. There were also some of my high school friends I hadn't seen for more than 20 years. That was a treat to see them again, to take our minds off the hurricane that was coming, and to ease the pressure of having to leave our homes behind.
    I will always remember the day when Austin opened her doors to not only the city of Wharton, but also the cities of Bay City, Matagorda, Boling, El Campo, Spanish Camp, Egypt, Glen Flora, Rosenberg, Richmond, and Houston, Texas.
    I would also like to thank the Red Cross and its volunteers. Thank you also to law enforcement. I felt sorry for all of those long hours that they had to put in to keep us safe.
Thank you all,
Lula Mae (Allen) Ray
Wharton
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