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I drove through two FEMA Trailer parks rather briefly and found no one
outside to talk with about things, but promised myself I'd return. Becky Dalton,
a member of the Ellisville congregation drove to the site near Laurel, and
knocked on doors to see if people needed blankets. She said most were concerned
about where they could put things as the trailers are so small. She did hand out
all of her blankets.
Annette Marquis and Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo left hymnals in my home in Moselle
for the congregations I serve as a gift to brighten their days as tokens of
support...very muchly appreciated! The hymnals were provided by various churches
in the Mass Bay District; its incredible to read the notations inside them and
know how many are holding the people of Mississippi and Louisiana in their
hearts. Here are Annette's words about their trip. Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo
and I took this past week to drive to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Here are
some of the highlights:
The rental van they used was donated by a local Ford dealership in
Winchester, MA and expenses such as gas and food were covered by several
individuals and businesses who made cash donations.
Also, Martha Thompson, the representative of the UU Service Committee stayed
with me briefly as she did a needs assessment of the Gulf Coast area. I think
her report is going to be very important as she has been able to spend more time
traveling to enable her to get a larger picture of the distress. She said that
each area had significant issues that were different to other areas. I assume
she will post a report on the UUSC website. She was very distressed at how
little organization is in place to help people; in comparing the situation on
the Coast with that in South America and other countries, she said we are less
organized and providing less of the essentials for those affected!
Yours in faith, Jacqueline
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Last updated on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
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