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Benefit will help get woman back into a home

By ALLISON MILES
Aug. 10, 2010 at 3:10 a.m.

Lucy Cisneros

An account has been established at First Victoria National Bank to take in donations. To contribute, notify the bank that you wish to make a deposit into the Lucy Cisneros benefit account.

If you goWHAT: Benefit for Lucy Cisneros

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Sunday, Sept. 12

WHERE: Mario's Ballroom, 1301 Tristan St.

MORE INFORMATION: Call 361-935-8491.

Lucy Cisneros' Telferner home might have burnt down in 2008, but that doesn't keep her from visiting the land. Building or not, she said, it's still home.

"That's my little piece of heaven out there," Cisneros said.

And soon it might once again really be home.

Fundraisers are under way to move a donated trailer from Waco to Telferner.

Kenny and Melissa Spann will host a benefit lunch Sept. 12 at Mario's Ballroom to raise money for the cause.

Meals include roast beef, German potatoes and green beans, and will go for $7, said Melissa Spann, a Victoria County resident and homemaker. The event also includes an auction.

A benefit account has also been established at First Victoria National Bank for those who wish to donate that way.

The goal is to bring in $4,200, Spann said, explaining any extra funds will go toward purchasing furniture and other items Cisneros needs.

The Spanns often help those in need and, when Cisneros approached them for assistance, they agreed, Spann said.

"The thing about it is she's never given up hope," she explained. "That's what drew me in. Her faith has never stopped."

A local builder promised to donate Cisneros - and two other families whose homes burned in 2008 - new homes, but never came through with the deal. She's lived in apartments ever since and, in between visiting her husband in the nursing home, said she's prayed constantly to be able to return home.

The donated trailer home belonged to the grandmother of Cisneros' daughter-in-law, she said. It's sat empty for about two years.

While the family offered to donate the home, the moving expenses simply proved to be too much. Cisneros said she's grateful people are willing to help.

"I've been ready for two years to go back home," she said. "I'm praying for a miracle."

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