Blogathon for Pearlington

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Help Build a House

If this video from YouTube doesn't break your heart, I don't know what will. Gertrude Stein's comment about returning to San Francisco, "there's no there there," almost fits the mood of the piece, except that there IS there, and there are people there who still need a place to live. If you want to help a family rebuild, visit this post and see how CODRA has developed a program whereby individuals can "adopt" a home and help a Pearlington family rebuild.

While there, read the stories of townspeople like Jackie Acker, who has pitched in to help others despite her own losses, or Ray and Cindy Diaz, organizing efforts to rebuild their house, or Ray and Debbie Drum, who were taken advantage of and lost all of their insurance money to a dishonest contractor. The remarkable Kelly women, Lois and her daughters Debra and Angie, currently live in a FEMA handicap trailer while waiting for help. Though the corps of engineers came by to tell them what might happen to their house, no one ever came back to tell them what did happen. Right now the three women are staying in the cramped trailer--in the yard, Angie has a tent for the animals she has rescued.

These are all good people who need a helping hand and the supplies to put their houses back in order.


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