Thank you, America!!!!
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf coasts dessimating hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses, schools, and houses of worship. The streets of New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish, and parts of Jefferson Parish suffered severe flooding leaving thousands of persons homeless. Thousands of persons lost their lives in the storm and its aftermath. Hurricane Katrina was, by far, the most devastating natural disaster ever in the United States.
When the flood waters subsided Americans stepped in to provide help of every imaginable type- building, monetary, clothing, spiritual, and most of all, LOVE!! Church organizations, fraternal groups, nonprofit agencies, towns, counties, states, schools, and every other organization rallied to bring New Orleans and the region back from the depths of dispair. Persons have paid to come to New Orleans on their vacations to help rebuild the area. We will always be grateful to everyone who assisted in the rebuilding of a jewel in the crown of America.
Thank you, Marshall, Texas
When we evacuated for Hurricane Katrina, we went to Marshall, Texas, in the Northeast part of the state. We watched as the storm ravaged the region from a motel room. We had no idea as to where our family was nor how long before we would return to New Orleans. We visited the Marshall Civic Center almost every day where the American Red Cross and the citizens of Marshall welcomed us with open arms. The citizens of Marshall mobilized to help the persons from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who evacuated to their city. Churches, schools, fraternal and social organizations provided three meals a day for all of the evacuees, clothing, medical care, and personal care products. These persons went out of their way for us. We were not strangers to the citizens of Marshall, Texas... we were Americans! We will always be grateful to the citizens of Marshall for all they did for us after Katrina.
We were very grateful a woman- Beverly - from Marshall opened her home and her heart for us to stay with her through the duration of the emergency in New Orleans. Beverly went out of her way for us for several weeks. Thank you, Beverly.
Last, but far from least, this project would not have been possible since Hurricane Katrina without the help of Bill and Mary in Heber Springs, Arkansas who pain stakingly harvested four-o'clock flower seeds and sent them to me in order for free seeds to be distributed throughout the country. Thank you, Bill and Mary, for all of your kindness since Hurricane Katrina!