Spring Break Volunteers Move A Hancock County Family Home

HANCOCK COUNTY (WLOX) -- Another family is out of a FEMA trailer and in a new home thanks to volunteers.

Dianne Necaise tears up as the appliances are delivered to her new home.

"I've been waiting so long for this. I just thank God every day for it," Necaise said.

The student volunteers have bonded with the Necaise family. They built two handicapped ramps for Richard Necaise so he can get his wheelchair in and out. They also bought some of the building materials and stocked the pantry with $500 worth of groceries.

"The participants all got together and did additional fund raising this week. They wrote e-mails home and made calls, and got people to donate additional funds," said Dara Emru from Hunter College in New York.

"They put out so much to help us and everybody that was involved in helping us get back on our feet and get in the house," Richard Necaise said.

Thirteen students from nine different colleges and universities from across the nation gave up their spring break to help a Hancock County family in need.

"It's an amazing feeling to know how much we've accomplished this week, knowing that we touched them," said volunteer Tony Arthur.

The college students volunteering in Hancock County are among hundreds of others on the Coast taking part in the United Way's Spring Break Program.