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Katrina's Angels Group Makes Internet Miracles A Reality

Through online chat rooms and websites, the group "Katrina's Angels" has spent the last 15 months gathering resources. Members are now gracing South Mississippi with a few miracles.

"Whenever disaster strikes, people can know there are angels there. Guardian angels, people that are there to hold their hand, comfort them and provide them what they need," Katrina's Angels founder Tony Coolidge says.  

So that's where these volunteers swoop in, filling up the hearts, the minds, and the stomachs of over 500 Katrina victims, one plate at a time.

"You want some macaroni & cheese?" one server asks.

"Thank you, thank you!" the patron responds.

Members of this internet based group are seeing Moss Point, and each other, in person for the first time. 

"We consider ourselves virtual volunteers in that we would not have met each other. We would not be here today had we not gotten together via the internet," Resource Director Karen Iwicke says.

"We have about 100 active volunteers, but about 1000 people have registered since it began. We're spread out around the country," Coolidge says.

For Katrina's Angels, their zip codes are as diverse as their ages. But their reason for traveling thousands and thousands of miles is the same.

 "We're just a cross section of America. Every type of person you can think of. Every faith, every race. For me, I see this as what the American Dream means. Being able to bring people together, no matter what they believe, where they're from, to be able to make a difference together," Coolidge says.  

A dream that no longer exists just cyberspace, but instead in the hearts of the people of South Mississippi.

"We want to make Moss Point happy. We're trying to put smiles on their faces, and help them realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel," Iwicke says.            

Katrina's Angels have more stops to make before the holiday season is over. In a few weeks, they'll go to an elementary school in New Orleans to deliver brand new musical equipment.

By Keli Rabon

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