On Wednesday, Governor Haley Barbour witnessed the outpouring of generosity to help South Mississippi children recover from Katrina. The governor stopped by West Railroad Park at Church St. to see a playground literally go up in a matter of hours. He also took the time to greet and thank the 300 volunteers who came from all over the country to build the KaBOOM playground for the children of Long Beach.
The project is spear-headed by The United Jewish Communities and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. The work kicked-off at 9:00 AM, and despite the rain, the volunteers finished the job by the 3:00 PM deadline.
Governor Barbour says he is truly amazed that thousands of volunteers are still coming 18-months after the storm.
"I'm telling them 'thank you' and what they're doing means a lot, that it's recognized and appreciated," said Governor Haley Barbour. "It's a blessing from God beyond anything we in Mississippi can do, but we want them to know directly how grateful Mississippians are."
"We think this is one of the few communities that I've come across that has so much hope and optimism," said Jerry Rosen, Associate Director of United Jewish Communities. "There's no question that we needed to put something here for the kids so when they grow up, they'll remember what the people up in the north felt about the people who have suffered so much down here."
While in the area, the governor also toured some cottage homes in Pass Christian.