week was different for the Bagley family in 2005. As
Elaine and I learned over the past few months about
the hundreds of volunteers working on the Katrina relief
effort, we decided we needed to do our turn. So the
Friday before Thanksgiving, we pointed our Toyota toward
Waveland, Mississippi and drove straight through. We
had arranged to teamup with Hearts With Hands, Inc.
a wonderful group headquarted in Asheville whose mission
is to reach out to communities impacted by disasters.
Remains of Gulfside Assembly Methodist Church
Two tents housing some number of families where a house
Line into clothing tent at Camp Katrina with dining
residents and volunteers, in the background
Hearts with Hands volunteers from Jennings Building
Cashiers, Sylva, Asheville, Franklin and Waynesville,
WNC. Pictured L/R
are Brandon Mason, his dad Jeff Mason, and S.L. Justin.
Jennings, who has been regularly sending volunteers
down to help!!!
Hearts with Hands leaders: [L/R] Maggie
Ryan, Tricia Myrick (Executive
Director at Hearts with Hands) and Jessica Beane. These
ladies guided the efforts of the volunteers at our site.
Mark Joseph, the "foreman" of the site who
had been working tirelessly
for weeks to organize and lead much of our manual effort.
A very special
guy, Mark was the only person at our site who knew how
to operate a forklift.
Two residents from Waveland, Mississippi, a math teacher
and her merchant
seaman father, join Rick in front of the local Burger
King. About three miles
inland, the Burger King, like most local businesses,
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