Samaritan's Purse Volunteers Honored In Hancock County

The volunteers were the guests of honor at a dinner at the Kiln's Bayou Talla Fellowship Church.

"This is a thank you for Samaritan's Purse, the administrative folks from around the country. And thanking the literally thousands of volunteers who have come in since katrina, to first feed and help the members of the community, and then began building houses in the community," said Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo.

"We've done several hundred mud outs and several hundred rebuilds. And we've done nine houses, totally from the ground up, nine houses," said Havard Harris.

Harris has spent more than two years doing disaster relief work here on the coast, but he says it's been about more than just building homes.

"We came down here with the idea that we were going to do all this for these people down here, help people clean their houses up, and get them back in their houses," Harris said. "But we found out it's not about the houses, it's not about the building, it's about people, the relationships and the blessings we receive from it also."

"Many of the volunteers who have volunteered have chosen to relocate their families here. Unbelievable relationships have been made. They stay in touch with the families and help them rebuild their lives," Mayor Longo said.

Leaders of Samaritan's Purse say, the group's mission hasn't changed, just their mission field.

"They're probably going to set up another site, maybe in New Orleans. Right now, we're not real sure, but I think they will. And we just want to spread it around a little bit," Harris said.

More than  five thousand volunteers have helped Hancock County rebuild through Samaritan's Purse.