Moss Point Katrina victim gets new home for Thanksgiving

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) – A Hurricane Katrina victim in Moss Point definitely has something to be thankful for this holiday season.  Louise Ragsdale is moving back to a new home thanks to the Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response Team.

On this Thanksgiving eve, Louise Ragsdale cried tears of joy as volunteers handed her the keys to her new Moss Point home.

"It has been a long time, but I thank God I can say my home," Ragsdale said.

Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina destroyed her house on Frederick Street and everything in it. Since then, the mother and grandmother has been living with family.

Now, this former Katrina victim is opening the door to a new beginning. She has a large, three bedroom house with most every woman's dream, large closets.

"It is a lot of space for my shoes," Ragsdale said as she laughs.

Construction facilitator Steve Tate and more than 300 volunteers from across the country worked to get Ms. Louise back home before Thanksgiving. Tate said this is just one of several hundred homes that the disaster team has rebuilt free of charge.

"We are still helping people out and we cannot do it without the volunteer stream that comes down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast," Tate said. "They have made us the third largest building in the State of Mississippi."

Ms. Louise said although she can't pay all the volunteers for their efforts, she hopes her hugs and kisses are more than enough to show her appreciation.

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