Nebraska church brings donated furniture to Hancock County

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Nebraska church is showing its concern for people trying to rebuild their lives from Hurricane Katrina with tables and love seats. Members of First Baptist Church of Kearny gave away furniture Wednesday in Waveland. It's the church's third delivery to our area.

Virgil Dahl spent Wednesday morning doing a lot of heavy lifting for his daughter, Amanda. He says twice, hurricanes have destroyed all of her furniture.

"She lost everything. Flooded on her," said Dahl. "Somebody gave her a couch and the couch wasn't any good, but it served a purpose you know. "

People in need of chairs, dressers, ends tables and mattresses came to see what First Baptist Church of Kearney brought down from Nebraska. The church collected a semi-truck of donated furniture with the help of other Nebraska churches and the surrounding community.

It's Theresa Hemenway's third trip to Hancock County.

"This year our local paper had an ad and a story and, boy, the people really came forward with it. They just don't know what it's like down here, didn't realize the need. When they heard the story, they just wanted to give," Hemenway said.

Those on the receiving end said, for them a chair is more than just a chair; it's one step forward in rebuilding their lives.

"We lost everything on Amar street," said Trisha Ballard. "So we're getting started over again. We're kind of old to get started again, but we are. "

"It may not fill a house, but it's to give home and maybe some comfort. That's what we wanting to give it for," said Hemenway.

The furniture was free to people in need, but organizers say there were some limits, so the donations could help as many people as possible.  Atlas Vans donated the driver and the use of a truck, which the people of Nebraska paid for the gas.