Five years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast there are still many things that need to be done before we can say the coast has completely recovered. But those thoughts are for another day. Today we want to dwell on one positive aspect that has occurred since Katrina.
Katrina proved that volunteerism is not dead in this country. Thousands and thousands of homes have been either rebuilt or remodeled because of volunteers. They came from every state in the nation and many foreign counties. They arrived with a few tools and a willingness to help us dig out.
They were the North Carolina Baptist Men, the Mennonites, the Lutherans, Methodist, Catholics, people of the Jewish faith and many other denominations. In fact if it had not been for the faith based groups across the country, we may not have recovered as fast as we have.
They showed us what genuine love is all about. They did not come expecting anything in return. But when they left the coast, they almost to a person said they had gotten more out of the time they spent here, than what they had done.
So as we ponder the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, yes we will remember the devastation. But, we will also remember the men, women and children who took time out of their lives to make sure we had a place to live.
We wish we could write a thank you note to everyone who came to the coast and have all of us sign it. While that is not practical, we can say, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!" for helping rebuild the coast.
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WLOX-TV General Manager