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Florida Group Offers Support & Relief In Hancock County

They are what most of us consider the basic essentials of daily life.  

"I need a stove and a refrigerator," says Larryetta Laneaux of Bay St. Louis.

They are the things that make a house a home.   

"I living in a house with a stove, and ice box, a washer and a dryer," says Judy Gaudet of Waveland. 

But far too many homes in Hancock County are still without such items.  

"It's a long way from over," says Laurie Spaschak, Site Manager for the Pearlington Recovery Center. "Most people didn't get enough either from insurance or from FEMA or that combined to rebuild a new house or to start over again."

For those people there's Mission Love Seeds.  

 Six moving vans full of household items are just the latest shipment they've provided for Mississippi's Katrina victims.      

"We've been here at Pealington and Waveland for the past 9 months," says John Hawbaker, Director of Mission Love Seeds. "We were coming once a week then every 2 weeks and then we started coming every month. But we've had as high as 10 trucks at a time."

Mission Love Seeds Director John Hawbaker says while their trips here have grown less frequent, they're not ending them any time soon.  

"I foresee several years of helping these people," says Hawbaker.

And he says he sees the difference they're making with every trip.  

"When we first started coming here after the storm they couldn't even hardly even look you in the eye. They were so dismayed and they were lost in the world. But now were getting smiles and hugs and kisses and thank you's and it makes you feel good." 

by Don Culpepper

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