United Methodists dedicate new home in Hancock County

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A tornado from Hurricane Katrina destroyed their mobile home in the Kiln.   But the Daniel Mauffray family now has a brand new house, just in time for Christmas, thanks to the generosity of Methodists from Alabama.

Those volunteers and leaders of the Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response hosted a home dedication Friday afternoon.

"This family now has a home to live in, thanks to you," said Robert Sharp, with disaster response.

Volunteers from United Methodist Churches in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area raised the money to pay for the Mauffray family's new home and donated the labor to help build it.

"Because without teams like you that have come to participate in helping us rebuild here on the coast, we'd be way behind the curve," said Sharp.

Kailey Mauffray was happy to show us her brand new bedroom. The seven-year-old is thankful for the labor of love shown by so many caring people.

What does she like best about her new home?

"Everything," was her quick reply.

Volunteers wrote personal notes inside a bible given to the family.

"Primarily, the big note of love is called the Holy Bible. So, we present it to you in love," said Stan Lowrey, as he presented the bible.

Along with the bible, colorful quilts were also presented.

"Many different colors of fabric in here signify the variety of volunteers that have come and worked on this house," said Jennie Lowrey.

"And we have so many people in Alabama that have worked so hard to raise the money. And I have loved coming here. I've made so many friends coming here to this area to work," said volunteer Charlotte Green.

Volunteers who helped build it, enjoyed touring the finished project. It's a day of celebration for the family that watched their new home going up.

"It was exciting," said Polly Mauffray, " Very exciting."

"There's no way you can ever thank them enough," added her husband, Daniel

Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response has helped oversee around 100 home rebuilding projects since Katrina.

Robert Sharp says more than 160,000 volunteers have provided $100,000,000 in labor for the recovery work.

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