British couple helps heal hearts, homes in Jackson County

Husband and wife Enid and Chris Osborne will be working with the United Methodist Disaster Response Team on the coast for three months. Monday's job included painting doors, walls and flooring.
Husband and wife Enid and Chris Osborne will be working with the United Methodist Disaster Response Team on the coast for three months. Monday's job included painting doors, walls and flooring.

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Just the mention Mardi Gras, or even Fat Tuesday, and Enid and Chris Osborne get excited.

"In England, we call that Shrove Tuesday," Enid said, "so we generally celebrate by having pancakes."

"Party time is really what it is all about," Chris Osborne said.

The husband and wife from England admit taking part in the carnival fun is tempting. But they've decided to devote all their time to healing hearts and homes for Hurricane Katrina victims.

"It is not their fault that it has happened to them," Chris said. "Really, if we can be part of that team that gets them back in their home, that is the best thing that we can do."

The couple will be working with the United Methodist Disaster Response Team on the coast for three months. Monday's job included painting doors, walls and flooring.

"We have people back home who can't understand why we do this," Enid said. "They need to experience this and that is the only way you can describe it. Come and experience it."

When the volunteers are not helping rebuild homes, they're indulging in some of the delicious Southern food the Gulf Coast has to offer.

"Fried shrimp. We just love the food down here and we can buy fresh fish, too," Enid said. "We had our first experience of a shrimp boil on Friday night, so that was really cool."

When the husband and wife return to England, they say they'll be satisfied knowing they've helped move storm victims back home.

"There is a whole world out there that needs to be helped and to be healed."

The couple has traveled to the coast four times since Hurricane Katrina hit to rebuild homes.

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