Wednesday, March 15, 2006

 

Pascagoula revisited


DAVE HENDERSON, a local resident and a member of the Los Gatos Town-to-Town Katrina Consortium steering committee, recently made a quick trip to Pascagoula, Mississippi to see firsthand how this community is recovering from the devastating effects of last summer's hurricane. In this photo he is visiting with the high school vice principal who is grateful for Dave's donation of four dozen baseballs so that the team can play this spring. Dave's visit was two months after I was there, but our photos look alike. The rebuilding of Pascagoula will take years. Businesses still closed. People living in small trailers while they figure out how to repair and/or totally rebuild their homes with very little money. Insurance settlements are tending to be small and they still have to make payments on a mortgage for a house that make not even exist anymore. Many lost all of their belongings as well, and need to replace all of the household items we take for granted for daily life. Several groups in Los Gatos have fundraising efforts underway for specific projects. St. Mary's, for example, will be raising money to buy Resurrection School a new stove. Right now they are preparing lunch for 300 students using crockpots! If you would like to make a donation to help the people of Pascagoula, please send it to: Los Gatos-Katrina Fund, LGS Recreation, 123 E. Main St., Los Gatos, CA 95030.

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