Rockport Evacuee Recalls Helping One in Need Years Ago

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CORPUS CHRISTI – An evacuee who once helped someone in need, found himself in an American Red Cross shelter in Corpus Christi seeking assistants. The Rockport resident was displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Abraham Perez knows what it’s like to walk in another man’s shoes. He’s remembering what happened 42 years ago.

“Black, white, Hispanics, I don’t care,” he said.

He came across a European immigrant in need of help and didn’t hesitate to offer it. The Chicago Sun Times wrote about his act of kidness. The headline read, 'Man in Need'.

“As you see in that picture there, he’s white. I’m Hispanic. I don’t care. He’s a human being. He needs help. And now, I find myself in his shoes,” he said.

Perez explained the immigrant was sleeping in the street on cardboard. Perez took him in.

He had to borrow a car to come to the Corpus Christi shelter looking for help from FEMA.

“I could see my truck just doing this. It blew some of my roof off. It blew one of my walls. Just so much damage. We have no water. We have no means," Perez said.

He insisted he has to live in his home, damage and all. Others are staying at the shelter but are leaving during the day to go to work and keep their jobs.

Perez said he’s grateful for those offering him help.

“It’s hard for a person who gives all their life to ask for help,” he said.

Perez is heading back home after his visit to the shelter hoping to receive the seeds he sowed 42 years ago.

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