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Hancock County Recovery Center Open From One Hurricane Season to Another

A recovery center in one of the hardest hit areas began just weeks after the storm, and it continues going into the 2006 hurricane season.

The Hancock Recovery Center is still feeding and clothing about 900 families in the County.  

Laura Ladner has been coming to the recovery center from the very beginning. 

"We are probably saving a hundred dollars coming here a week. And we come weekly," said Ladner.

She says the money saved is going to good use.

"We have been using the money that we save here getting our food and necessities to repair our home," said Ladner.

Another shopper, Cecelia Howard lost everything she owned in the storm.

She says like many others, without these handouts she would not know how to make ends meet.

"Seeing as there is no money coming in as far as insurance companies and things like that it's hard on a lot of us. I think a lot of us have been reduced to poverty level at this point," said Howard.

James Brashier lives in the Standard Community, he too has faced financial difficulties post-Katrina.

"I am semi retired. Not enough money comes in. But I do the best that I can," said Brashier.

Everyone working at this center is a volunteer, including Sarah Higginbotham, who realizes how serious the need for centers such as this one truly is.

"This little bit of groceries has helped so many people," said Higginbotham.

The recovery center is open three days a week, and serves over 200 people daily.

"Its not an easy day to stand on line in the hot sun. And just stand and wait for just three bags of groceries. People don't do that if they don't need it," said Higginbotham.

The Hancock Recovery Center is set up on the corner of Highways 53 and 603.

If you would like to volunteer or donate goods, you can call Gay Ladner at 228-234-8899.

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