I’m working on an article today about 53 people from four local congregations who returned over the weekend from Ocean Springs, Miss.
Here’s the bottom line: Things down in the Gulf are still real, real bad. The Gulf communities are depending on volunteers to come down and help rebuild their communities and lives.
We don’t hear much about the effects of Hurricane Katrina anymore. So New Yorkers may assume that the need isn’t that great.
The volunteers — from Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church, Emanuel Lutheran in Pleasantville, Woodlands Community Temple in Greenburgh and a few folks from St. Paul’s Lutheran in New City — spent a week doing whatever they could to help eight families in Ocean Springs.
They tore stuff down. They built stuff up. And they spent time getting to know people who have been through a lot.
Most of them plan on going back.