SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - When you think about it, the numbers are astounding. For the past 10 years, hundreds of volunteers from the state of New York have converged on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help in post-Katrina recovery efforts.
The volunteers come from an organization called Livingston County Cares and also include students from SUNY Geneseo College.
Here is another impressive number. This is the 35th time the volunteers have made the long trek down to the Gulf Coast to help. They say they chose Mississippi because so much attention was focused on the City of New Orleans following Katrina, and they knew the devastating nature of the storm's wrath here.
This week, the volunteers are spending time sprucing up a home on Porter Avenue in Biloxi. All of the volunteers say the same thing. They receive much more out of these mission trips than they give.
Some are making their first trip down here, while others have made several trips over the years. They also say they are impressed by the recovery efforts in Mississippi, but also know much more needs to be done.
The volunteers will be here through Saturday.