NAMES IN THE NEWS : Charlie Pride Has Feel for Flood

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Charlie Pride says he can relate to flood victims in Liberty County because his boyhood home in Mississippi was also flooded.

"I remember my dad taking me on his bike and getting us to higher ground. We had floodwater coming up to our house," the country singer said Thursday after touring the area.

Pride, who serves as national entertainment chairman for the Red Cross, surveyed the length of the flooded Trinity River and later visited a family assistance center in Hardin. He helped Red Cross volunteers fill out forms and distribute cleanup kits or provisions to flood victims.

"It just hurts to see," he said. "It's not like I haven't experienced it myself. It's not like wondering how it feels. I come from that kind of background. You know, shotgun houses and snakes and ants and et cetera."

Pride gave autographs and in some cases signed the cardboard assistance packages handed out to victims at the center.

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