Volunteerfest to honor those who helped the Coast the most

Volunteerfest to honor those who helped the Coast the most

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It's been a big day for thanking those who helped the Coast the most during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Tonight's event, Volunteerfest which is organized by New Life Disaster Relief, doesn't have the big names as headliners, but the message is still the same.

The event is all about those who gave so much in the weeks, months and years after Katrina landed in South Mississippi.

If you are a volunteer, come and enjoy. If you have been helped by a volunteer's work, come and offer your thanks.

The event, which features live music and free food, will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

New Life Disaster Relief was started by Ken and Dawn Wetzel, who survived Hurricane Katrina and chose to remain in the area to help rebuild.

Many disaster relief organizations popped up after the storm. Now, 10 years later, New Life Disaster Relief is still standing and providing all kinds of relief projects out of its headquarters; Biloxi Christian Church.

Surviving entirely on donations, the ministry has evolved to include ministering to volunteers, responding to disasters and distributing donations to the community.

The many accomplishments of the organization have gained national recognition from the national media and former President George Bush.

Mike Lacy is at the event and will have more on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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