Volunteer group ending mission on the coast

By David Elliott - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Right after Hurricane Katrina, volunteers with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began arriving on the coast. They came from around America to help South Mississippi recover from the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

On May first, the group will close its volunteer village in Gulfport.

"It's always a heartbreaker to leave before all the work is done," volunteer Henry Paris said.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance volunteers will continue to work on repairing as many homes as they can between now and May first.

On Thursday, the group was at Percy Robinson's home in Gulfport painting and putting the finishing touches on an extensive restoration job.

"This is a great feeling, something we've been waiting a long time for," Robinson said.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will remain in Pearlington and in Louisiana.

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