Katrina Angel Tree Victims Needing Help ... 2006

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Dew Family of 2
ID # 2006-501

date posted November 16, 2006

Female - age 29
Male - age 31

Originally from Waveland, MS
Staying in FEMA trailer Waveland, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

stuck in waveland for a week after katrine until my sisters came and rescued me.

thank you for any support that you can give

 

Miller Family of 4
ID # 2006-502

date posted November 16, 2006

Mother - age 29
Father - age 39
2 boys - age 11 and 7

Originally from Chalmette, LA
Staying in Chalmette, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

HELLO I STAYED FOR THE KATRINIA STORM FROM THE BEGINING AND TO THE END.  IA WAS CURRENTLY WORKING FOR THE ST. BERNARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT THE TIME AND STILL AM EMPLOYED.  IT WAS AN AWFUL EXPERIENCE MY FAMILY WAS ALL OVER.  I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR HELP BUT SEEM T RUN INTO A BRICK WALL WITH AID.  I HAVE BEEN THREW THE MILL NEVER HAVE TIME FOR ANYTHING IF YOU KNOW WHAT IMEAN.  WE STAYED IN THE COURT HOUSE FOR WEEKS AND THEN ON A CRUSE BOAT NOT KNOWING WHERE MY FAMILY WAS AT.  IF YOU OR ANY ONE YOU KNOW CAN HELP I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE ANYTHING THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO DO FOR ME AND I MEAN THAT FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.   IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT ME U CAN MY EMAIL IS NCUCCIA@HOTMAIL.COM

 

 

Pam Family of 2
ID # 2006-503

date posted November 16, 2006

Mother - age 39
1 boy - age 11

Originally from Perkinston, MS
Staying in Saucier, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Evacuated to Galveston, returned to nothing, went to stay in NV with a friend.  Returned home,  nothing the same, rent is impossibly high, electric and others went up. Costs so much to live here and cannot afford to leave.  My son will get nothing for Christmas if I don't get help.

Williams Family of 3
ID # 2006-504

date posted November 16, 2006

Mother - age 22
2 boys - age 7 and 1

Originally from Fairburn, GA
Staying in Fairburn, GA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We stuck in the Morial Convention Center we had to sleep  in situations we had never experience, and the bathrooms were so unfit,I could not take a bath nor clean my children. The smell of the feces coming from the toilets, and the urine from the floor had me so that I had no appetite for a long time. I didn't have control of my stomach to the point where I would look at food and just gag.  I was rescued and taken to Arkansas.  I later asked for a lift to the bus station to get to Georgia.I was given some assistance by the Pastor of The Word of Faith Christian Ministry. 

I would appreciate it if you could assist me and my family with the necessary needs.
Bedwell Family of 3
ID # 2006-505

date posted November 16, 2006

Mother  - age 28
Father - age 29
1 girl - age 9 months

Originally from Ocean Springs, MS
Staying in Ocean Springs, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We evacuated Sunday, August 28, 2005 with a changing of clothes for each of us. Little did we know what the next day would bring. Our home was flooded with 7 feet of water. We evacuated to Florida where we stayed until February, 2006. We had no flood insurance to cover our loss. Volunteers hung sheet rock and helped get our home back in order. On February 14, 2006, we were blessed with a 5 week old baby girl that we are adopting. We are hoping to make her first Christmas the best ever. Being back in our home is a miracle...even though we have lots to finish. We haven't even replaced all of our winter clothing yet. Any help would be appreciated.

Hulbert Family of 4
ID # 2006-506

date posted November 16, 2006

Mother - age 39
3 girls - age 17, 15, 12

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Charleston, SC

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

We left home and evacuated with other family members to the Palham Hotel for 3 edays. Then, after being put out 0f the hotel we drove to Lafayette,LA and stayed at the cajun dome for a day and was chartered  a bus to Charleston, SC.

We  wil appreciate anything that is give to us.

 

Melerine Family of 1
ID # 2006-502

date posted November 16, 2006

Male - age 23

Originally from Gulfport, MS
Staying in group home in Gulfport, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Clarence lost his trailor home in Katrina by a tree falling on it. He has Asperger's (mildly Autistic) & depression. Since Katrina this man has been in mental hospitals 5 times. He is having a tuff time dealing with everything. He is a kind hearted person and needs a Christmas Angel as well as prayers.  His mother is on a fixed income and cannot help.

Sims Family of 4
ID # 2006-508

date posted November 16, 2006

Mother - age 23
Father - age 24
2 girls - age 5 and 3

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I evacuated a day before the hurricane.When we ran out of money and didn't have any place to go a family took us in.We were living in a house with 15 other people.We then went to Texas.We stood in a shelter for two days and then we got an apartment.  Now we are living in Dallas,TX

 

Kirton Family of 5
ID # 2006-509

date posted November 17, 2006

Female - age 27
2 boys - age 8 and 5
2 girls - age 3 and 1

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in New Orleans, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I EVACUATED TO GA AND RETURNED HOME TO NOTHING I LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED. IT BELIEVE IT TOOK US TWELVE HOURS TO GET  OUT OF LA. I AM BLESSED TO BE ALIVE JUST LIKE ALOT OF OTHERS.

Smith Family of 2
ID # 2006-510

date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 31
1 boy - age 8

Originally from Chalmette, LA
Staying in New Orleans, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

  I evacuated from Chalmette the Saturday 8/27 with my son, mother, sisters and aunt.  We went to McComb, MS for a couple of days, then to Dallas TX for a week.  Finally we ended up in Maryland where we stayed for 6 1/2 months.  We then went back to New Orleans to find a job and a place to live.  My grandmother died of the stress of being evacuated and separated from her family. I lost everything I owned, my appartment had 6' of water and I did not have renters insurance and I lost my job.  

 

Cockheran Family of 2
ID # 2006-511

date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 22
1 girl - age 6

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

Adopted by a family in
Fort Worth, TX
YEAH! - Thank you!

12/16/06

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We was on the roof for four days and then was help by coast guards to airport were some how we got slipt up for four weeks i could not for my family or lil girl my sister and my kid and my lil girl was in houston and i was in dallas and it was very heart breaking for me we had family that stole from us small cash we did have that peopl give so it was a very hard time for us now i live in dallas me and kayla i have no friends or family out here and geting harder by the day for me i just want to put my life back together.

thank you for the help you can give me and kayla

 

Monroe Family of 2
ID # 2006-512

date posted November 17, 2006

Female - age 68
Male - age 75

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in retirement apartment in Killeen, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We pick by boat and takeing to a the school were i fell down and hurt my knee and was takeing to airport were me and my spouse were take in plant and got spilt up and in was pick up by my son from airport then two hours later his dad got there im a 64year old woman who lost every thing we could have work for in life and then on top of that i had a son to steal all things that i could have safe he took money out of  our accounts that we had to pa back to ss im just try start over with lil life i have left on this earth. 

Thank you for your help!!!!

 

Cockheran Family of 2
ID # 2006-513

date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 50
1 girl - age 19

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in New Orleans,LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We spent seven days in the before water went down so that we could get out ihave a fake leg so i could not walk thru the water we got a plane to the airport were made to El Paso,Tx were we stay about four before my family found me my daugther i was and very sick because have two more  daugther that have kids one have four kid and other has one and i did know were they were and it very heart breaking for my middle daughter did not get to spend the holidays with us last year becaus lives in dallas her and daugther and she does not have a car so she has been sad because we a close family. just pray to god that i put life together and be able to see my middle daugther and her baby girl for the holidays this we are very thankful that no in the famliy lost there life by gace of god.

Thank you for your help love Ms.w.cockheran!!!!!!!

 

Gallin Family of 2
ID # 2006-514

date posted November 17, 2006

Female - age 60
Male - age 70

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Killeen, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We left New Orleans, night before hurricane Katrina, because it was mandatory that we leave. We all left in my son's 4-door car which was 4 adults, and 5 children heading to Killeen, Texas. We made it here safely thank God, and now living in an elderly apt. I often cry like a child for his mother, being away from home. I have no friends, you don't hardly see people like at home.  I just cant get use to not having anyone to sit out on the porch and chit chat or go places together, just miss all the fun things i guess. New Orleans was so warm and friendly.  Thank you all for being so kind to help the Katrina and Rita Hurricane victims. Whatever you do for us we thank you and may God Bless Us All.

Verseckes Family of 2
ID # 2006-515

date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 74
1 female - 40ish

Originally from Pascagoula, MS
Staying in Pascagoula, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

Spent many months in the hospital after the storm, my daughter has more information than I on what happened outside of the hospital after the storm. But I do know that nothing is the same as it was and still have much left to do.

in need of feed for animals and would like holiday food/goodies. thnak you
Taylor Family of 2
ID # 2006-516
date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 26
1 boy - age 7

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

I HAD TO WALK IN THAT FILTY WATER UP TO MY NECK FROM THE 9TH WARD TO THE COVENTION CENTER WHERE NOBODY DID NOT RESCUE ME I WAS REALLY UPSET BECAUSE I DID NOT KNOW WHERE NONE OF MY FAMILY WAS BECAUSE I WAS AT MY FRIEND MOMMA HOUSE HELPING HER CAUSE HE WAS OUT OF TOWN AND SHE TAKES SICK ALOT AND SHE WAS ALONG BY HERSELF SO I WENT OVER TO HELP HEARING ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WAS DEAD AND WAS DYING IN MY PRESENCE WHILE STILL IN NEW ORLEANS UNTIL THAT SATURDAY AS I WAS WALKING  I,M JUST THANKFUL TO LIVE AND SEE MY FAMILY AND BE BACK WITH MY SON AGAIN . I EXPERIENCED A LOT ME AND MY FAMILY I JUST FOUND OUT MY SON AND COUSINS HAD TO WHERE GARBAGE BAGS SO THEY WANT BE COLD CATCHING THE BUS HE WAS SPLIT UP FROM MY MOTHER SO HE ENDED UP WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND SOME OF MY OTHER COUSINS.

Taylor Family of 4
ID # 2006-517

date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 43
2 boys - age 14 and 1
2 girls - age 13 and 4

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

IT WAS REALLY RUFF I SEEN ALOT DON'T REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE I'M JUST THANKFUL TO BE BACK WITH MY CHILDREN AGAIN BECAUSE WE WERE SPLIT UP FROM EACH OTHER AND MY YOUNGEST WHERE STILL IN THE HOSPITAL LEFT BEHIND HE WHERE ONE OF THE KIDS LEFT IN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AFTER THE HURRICANE WHEN WE EVACUATED TO TEXAS I FOUND MY OLDEST DAUGHTER HE SHE SAID SHE SAW MY BABY ON TV WHERE THEY LOOKING FOR THE PARENTS ARE FAMILY OF HIM HE WAS A TWIN I LOST HER 2 WEEKS AFTER I HAD HER  I'M THANKFUL TO LIVE AND HAVE MY FAMILY BACK TOGETHER. 

Haynes Family of 3
ID # 2006-518

date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 22
2 boys - age 2 and 2 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

Collins Family of 5
ID # 2006-519

date posted November 17, 2006

Mother - age 29
Father - age 30
1 girl - age 2
Female - age 28(sister)
Male - age 34

Originally from Pass Christian, MS
Staying in Madison, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

On Saturday November 27, 2005 we made the decision to evacuate.  Mike, Vivian and I lived about a block and a half from the beach and we were all scared of the storm.  My husband was working for Domino's Pizza as an Assistant Manager at the time and had to close the store that night in Gulfport.  Vivian and I slept until he got home Sunday morning around 4:00 am.  We packed a few things into the car...5 days worth of clothing for Mike and I and clothes, food and the necessities you need for an almost 10 month old baby.  I called Kendra the night before to make sure it was still all right if we came up.  We rode out the storm there in Pearl with her and her 2 sons, my father and another family that had come up.  The electricity failed around noon on Monday, if I remember correctly.  The cell phones were gone by 3PM.  We couldn't get messages through to anyone.  Finally about 10am on Tuesday I managed to get a text message through to my mother who evacuated to my brother's house in Hattiesburg.  My Daddy was with me because he has a heart condition and we are told that the barametric pressure dropping can sometimes cause a heart attack, so he came further north than Mom did.  We had no electricity at Kendra's house for 10 days.  During that time, there was very little gasoline in the area, so running a generator was nearly impossible.  We sat in the cars off and on with the AC running to cool the baby down.  We learned via radio that most of the coastline was gone.  We had no real idea what was going on in our area because most of the reports were about New Orleans.  Finally, my brother was able to get back through to the street he lived on, which was just around the corner from me.  He called saying he was having to walk over people's roofs and climb though what was left of the houses in the middle of what was supposed to be the road to get to where his house was.  He lived right next door to my parents.  Both houses were slabs and debris.  He said he tried to get down to where my home was, but the National Guar

Thank you for reaching out to us when we need help the most.  We will in turn do everything we can in the future to reach out to others in the same spirit whenever we can. 

 

Hulbert Family of 2
ID # 2006-520

date posted November 18, 2006

Father - age 41
1 boy - age 12

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Charleston, SC

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 We spent three horrific days at the convention center.Then, we commandeered a car to escape to Laffayette, Louisiana where we slept at the Cajun Dome. Then ,a day later a relative from Charleston, S.C. chartered a bus, and sent for us.

Palmer Family of 2
ID # 2006-521

date posted November 18, 2006

Mother - age 41
1 girl - age 16

Originally from Slidell, LA
Staying in Bend, OR

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

evaucted to lafayette,la. lost my home in slidell. so with no place to live, my friend in bend,or. envited me and my son to stay with them. it was only suppose to be temporary but due to rent doubling in slidell and the cost of moving back. i am basically stuck in bend,or. with some family still in slidell, and new orleans. very homesickhere. would love to go home for a visit. anyone  wanting to buy a  plane ticket home for me and my son would be a answered prayer.

god bless slidell, i miss you, and friends and family. and of course the crawfish

 

Cooper Family of 4
ID # 2006-522

date posted November 18, 2006

Mother - age 38
Father - age 43
1 girl - age 16
1 boy - age 16

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Pearl, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Our evacuation experience, though it was not pleasant we are so gratefull that it was not as bad as we all know it could have been.  Prior to Hurricane Katrina our family lived from pay day to pay day so evacuation was something that we could not affor to plan for.  We got on the4 highway with only $60.00 to our names which was gone long before we reached our destination.  Once in Mississippi we never knew that our lives would change forever.  What we anticipated to be a three day journey turned into a never endingt story.  Finding a job took some time and being without work for any period of time was never a option for us.  A year later things are coming together.  I am enrolled in school fulltime and both my husband and I are employed.  We are finally getting caught up on our bills and pretty soon hope to see our heads above water.  My family and I have made a tremendous sacrifice for me to go to school because we are all aware of the4 fact that it take to full time jobs and then some in order for us to function.  So now we are learning to do without a lot of things knowing that a degree would benefit all of us.  Christmas was out for us this year but one of my co-workers told me about this web site.  One thing I have gained through this whole ordeal is appreciation of people and their love, compassion, and generousity for their fellow man.  I have learned to give even if it means sacrificing something for myself because I have received a lot this pass year.  And none of it was money or anything but I received the things that money can't buy some of the most important things in life.  Thanks to everyone who assisted the Katrina victors in one way or another and Merry Christmas.

Thank you for considering my family for theKatrina Angel tree, this has been an extremely difficult year and we are so looking forward to the joy and laughter the Christmas brings

 

Hill Family of 6
ID # 2006-523

date posted November 18, 2006

Mother - age 29
3 boys - age 9, 6, 3
1 girl - age 4
Female - age 55 (Grandmother)


Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in New Orleans, LA

Adopted by a family in
Fort Worth, TX 
YEAH! - Thank you!

12/16/06

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 It was an experience that we as a family will never forget not knowing what was going to happen and where should we go, But Texas was the last place that we should have went that made our experience so much worst then it was.

 

Celius Family of 3
ID # 2006-524

date posted November 18, 2006

Mother - age 26
1 girl - age 11
Female - age 52 (aunt)


Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

WE WERE IN the storm, in the water, and we stayed in the superdome for days until the buses came. we were panicing, and the children were crying and panicing as well. the buses came after several days, and we were glad that we were out of that funky place. i left behind my car and my most valued posseion, my picture of my grandmother. that was a valued treasure. i left behind my whole life, how do i begin to put my life back together. imean, my life in new orleans is gone and i really don't know what to do. fema isn't paying my rent the way they were supposed to, i might be on the verge of being homeless, and i'm depressed. what, just tell me what do i do after going through hurricane katrina and then being put in a situation like this. i would really appreciate whatever you all see fit to give us. thanks for just listening to what happened to us.

Hill Family of 10
ID # 2006-525

date posted November 18, 2006

Father - age 36
6 girls - age 19, 15, 11, 6, 6, 2 (granddaughter)
3 boys - age 14, 13, 9

Originally from Chalmette, LA
Staying in Baton Rouge, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We were rescue and taken to texas we went from shelter to shelter until we were given a voucher for a apt in texas it was hard but by the grace of god we made it now we're living in Baton Rouge Louisiana

 

 

Lewis Family of 5
ID # 2006-526

date posted November 18, 2006

Mother - age 30
2 girls - age 17 and 16
2 boys - age 13 and 11

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We had to stay on top of the roof for three  days,then someone in the neighbor hood came to get us on a boat and took us to the superdome where we stayed for 5 or moore days in deplorable conditions and then relocated to Dallas.Joann was in the hospital so of corse every one was really worried about her wellbeing and whereabouts.We eventually found out she was evacuated to Houston Tx where every one was reuninted 3 months later.Unfortunantly this is all the family we have ben reuninted with.We dont have family in the Dallas area and I havent ben able to find employment.Its not easy being an outsider already pre judged because of where you are from and not who you are as an individual.I am not looking for charity or anything just a helping hand to get back home so that we can start over in a place we call home.

Even if our family is not adopted THANK YOU for taking the time out to recognise and realise we still need your help on a long road to recovery

 

Taylor Family of 2
ID # 2006-527

date posted November 18, 2006

Mother - age 35
1 girl - age 12

Originally from Long Beach, MS
Staying in Long Beach, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

Days without water,elecricity,gas, food, no contact with family,terrible smell

I am a single parent and cannot make ends meet.My child doesnt have health insurance

 

Duhon Family of 5
ID # 2006-528
date posted November 19, 2006

Mother - age 50
Father - age 33
2 boys - age 24 and 21
1 girl - age 21

Originally from Angie, LA
Staying in FEMA trailer in Bogalusa, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Our parish was hit pretty bad, we lost all we had, including our home. It took us (me and my husband) about a week after the hurricane hit to get out of town to go get gas.  Th eparish where we lived stopped selling gas and it was only allowed for city officials, I could not leave because my mother was wheel chair bound and could not leave so I was not leaving her behind.  We took care of her with no lights, etc.  My children, 3 of them lived in Gulfport when Katrina struck, as you know they were hit hard too, they were renting a home and lost all of their personal possessions.  Since I have recieved my FEMA trailer, thank God it's handicap accessible because I am handicap due to a broke leg that I have had for about 8 yrs that just wont heal due to a bone infection.  My kids from Mississippi are staying in the fema trailer with my husband and I.  We need anything that can be provided for us, we, like thousands of others have to start completely over.  Any help that you can give will be greatly appreciated.  This has been an experience that no one will ever forget and I hope no one has to go through what our family has had to go through.  God Bless all of you and Happy Holidays.  None of us are picky becuase we know what a privlage it is to have the simple things in life, things that alot of people take for granted...again any help or items would be a blessing and help my family.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.  God Bless!

Hodges Family of 2
ID # 2006-529

date posted November 19, 2006

Female - age 60
Male - age 63

Originally from Bogalusa, LA
Staying in Bogalusa, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

WE LOST ALOT OF CLOTHES, DISHES, POTS AND PANS, FOOD AND ETC.  AND ALOT OF THINGS THAT HAD SENTIMENTAL VALUE, ANY HELP WE WOULD APPRECIATE, THANK YOU

I DO NOT HAVE A COMPUTER, I USED MY FAMILY MEMBERS EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE
Smith Family of 3
ID # 2006-530

date posted November 18, 2006

Mother - age 22
Father - age 21
1 boy - age 8 months

Originally from Bogalusa, LA
Staying in FEMA trailer in Bogalusa, LA

Adopted by a family in
Oakfield, TN
YEAH! - Thank you!

12/16/06

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

IN AUGUST WHEN THE STORM HIT I WAS ABOUT 4 MONTHS PREGNANT.  I ALREADY HAD EVERYTHING I NEEDED FOR A NEW BABY BUT KATRINA PUT 4 PINES TREES THRU THE APARTMENT WE WERE RENTING.  EVER SINCE THEN WE HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO GET BACK ON OUR FEET YET AND MY BABY IS 8 MONTHS OLD NOW.  CLOTHES, SHOES, DIAPERS, TOYS WOULD REALLY HELP US OUT FOR OUR BABY FOR CHRISTMAS, THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

Stewart Family of 8
ID # 2006-531

date posted November 19, 2006

Mother - age 36
3 girls - age 15, 10 and 6
4 boys - age 14, 12, 11 9 (grandson)

Originally from Chalmette, LA
Staying in Barling, Arkansas

Evacuation Story ...What we still need to help rebuild:

 

ME AND MY CHILDRENS SPLIT UP AND GOT LOST ONE WAS IN TEASXS 4 WAS IN REPID PARISH AND I DIDNT SEE MY KIDS FOR AMONTH IT WAS THE WORST THING COULD HAPPEN TO ME BE SIDE KATRINA

IT HARD BUT I AM TRYING TO GET MY LIFE TOGETHER ME AND MY KIDS SO IF YOU CAN HELP US PLEASE HELP ME THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESSED EVERYBODY.
Vela Family of 8
ID # 2006-532

date posted November 19, 2006

Mother - age 47
Father - age 50
3 boys - ages unknown
3 girls - ages, unknown, 3 and 7

Originally from Kenner, LA
Staying in Kenner, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

Since Hurricane Katrina, my 4 children and two grandchildren have been living with me. I am deaf and collect disability, which is not enough to cover our household expenses. My husband is now sick and unable to work, so my diability is our only income. I have been unable to pay my rent for two months. Please help. God Bless.

 

Cooper Family of 2
ID # 2006-533

date posted November 19, 2006

Male - age 19
Female - age 17

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in DeSoto, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We were leaving and on the way to Texas we had a blow out on one of the cars. We had to stay at a near by shelterfor 3 days. The next day we went to get the car and the junkyard picked it up. we did not have the money to pay him but he let us take the car out of kindness. the people at the shelter were nice to us. After that we were back on the road to get to our family.

Sullivan Family of 4
ID # 2006-534

date posted November 19, 2006

Mother - age 52
2 girls - age 9 and 7
1 boy - age 13

Originally from Tickfaw, LA
Staying in Tickfaw, LA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

we had to stay in shelter for almost a week we had no lights for 3 weeks it was hard on the kids i need help with christmas and building a handicap ramp i have someone to build it but i cant afforn lumber we live off my ssi check i get no help from kids mom because she has been in jail for last 2 years and dads have both run off a don't send any money to support kids will be grateful for any help i am all my 3 grandkids have

thank you angel tree for all the good things in helping people in there time of need may god bless each and everyone of you and have a merry Christmas.
Davis Family of 7
ID # 2006-535

date posted November 19, 2006

Mother - age 40
3 girls - age 20, 15, 9
3 boys - age 15, 13, 11

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Lithonia, GA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We left the morning of Hurricane Katrina after I was relieved from work.  I had been at work since 4am and got off at 1am.  I was responsible for getting the guys who worked offshore to safety.  We evacuated to Beaumont, Texas, only because I could not drive any further safely.  I returned to New Orleans to evacuate the people stranded at the Convention Center and Superdome and left my children in a hotel in Beaumont.  When Hurricane Rita threatened Beaumont, we left and came to Atlanta.  We lost everything we owned, but kept our lives.  It is a struggle trying to start all over being a single parent.  But what else can I do? Nothing but continue to live.

Pinkston Family of 1
ID # 2006-536

date posted November 19, 2006

Female - age 24

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Atlanta, GA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

It was very hectic riding in a car for hours trying to reach a place that was safe.

Harris Family of 2
I
D # 2006-537
date posted November 19, 2006

Mother - age 41
1 girl - age 13

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in shelter in CLarkston, GA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We were rescued after three days on the roof by the coast guards.  That was a happy day.

 

What we are in need of ...:

 

I have already submitted my rescue info.  But I forgot to put my former address.  I put my current address twice.  I rewrote this part to add my current address.  Please the former address to my orginal story.  Thank You Than You

 

Simmons Family of 3
ID # 2006-538

date posted November 20, 2006

Mother - age 31
2 girls - age 8 and 15

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in DeSoto, TX

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

living in a different state without a car can be real hard ,I use too work full time where I was able to caught a bus back and forward to work.But without a car I haven't work in over a year.It's hard sometimes just trying to meet my daily need.

I would like to take this time and said thank you Angel Tree for trying to make this Christmas specail for me and my family.god bless you all

 

Gill Family of 6
ID # 2006-539

date posted November 20, 2006

Mother - age 41
Father - age 45
3 boys - age 16, 14, 4
1 girl - age 9

Originally from Waveland, MS
Staying in FEMA camper in Waveland, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

 

we lost everything, its been a real hard year. we have a story  on  a site  also its a tv show  www.listenuptv.com waveland a year later ,,and  a town called waveland.

we live in a fema camper  on our property,       we wanna be in a home again   1 day.            thank you, joan veronica gill
Raymond Family of 2
ID # 2006-540

date posted November 20, 2006

Mother - age 52
1 girl - age 18

Originally from Allentown, PA
Staying in Allentown, PA

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We live in the lower ninth ward.  We left New Orleans the Sunday before the Hurricane hit. 

My son is graduating from 12th grade this year.  He lost his father three years ago now he has lost the place where he lived.  I am just trying to make it a special year for him.

 

McNair Family of 3
ID # 2006-541

date posted November 20, 2006

Mother - age 42
2 boys - age 15 and 17(nephew)

Originally from Diberville, MS
Staying in FEMA trailer park in Biloxi, MS

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

No one on our street evacuated.  For some reason, we just did not beleive that it was going to be as bad as it was.  A little more than 9 feet of water forced us out of our home.  We found ourselves out in the middle of the storm swimming and trying to get to safe grounds.  It was an experience that we will never forget.  We lost everything we owned.  All we had left was the clothes on our back.  We lived outside for a month or so in a tent and purchased a vehicle and made our way into florida and sought shelter in a motel there.  16 months later, things have not changed much.  We now reside in a fema trailer trying to peice our lives back together. We thank our LORD every day for sparing our lives.  Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.------------Tracey and family 

Cd's, dvd's, computer and electronic games and games for the ps2, cologne, jewelry and hats are some of the things that the boys like. If at all possible, a treadmill would be great for myself.
Dunaway Family of 4
ID # 2006-542

date posted October 22, 2006

Mother - age 28
Father - age 27
2 boys - ages 9 & 5

Originally from Angie, LA
Staying with family in Bogalusa, LA

This form was originally submitted in October but was in a strange encrypted format - Our family will adopt this family for Christmas since their form was lost in internet outerspace.  ~Katrina

Adopted by a family in Powhatan, VA
YEAH! - Thank you!

Evacuation Story ... What we still need to help rebuild:

We evacuated to my mothers in Leesville, La.  came back to nothing.  We finally got a FEMA camper but we have not been able to live in it for several months, waiting on them to come fix it.  We moved in my mother in laws trailer along with my sister in law and her husband. This is a very bad living situation, but I am thankful o have a roof over my head.  As if Katrina was not enough, I was hurt offshore in March of 06.  I am now under-going extensive medical treatment.  We were saving up to rebuild our house only to have to use that money when I was hurt at work to make it to pay bills and etc.  I am only receiving $105 a week workman's comp, one person can barely make it on that much less a family of 4+.  Rebuilding for us is on major hold cause I am now disabled.  Seeing an orthopedic surgeon who is doing everything possible to try to treat me, avoiding surgery cause they say it's only a 50-50 chance that it will help.   I will probably never be able to work again from what they tell me, it's just devastating to know this because I have 2 kids and a wife I am suppose to provide for and I am only 27 yrs old.  I am in constant pain with my back and with my heart, knowing that this situation is out of my hands, but I trust God will help us through these times, and the kind people out there.   My wife is unable to work because she is disabled due to degenerative disk disease, where her spine is deterating, and she is only 28.  My family has been through so much in the last yr, after Katrina we lost an uncle due to a heart attack 2 days before Christmas and in August we lost my wife's grandmother.  My kids have taken it very hard because these were family members they were very close too, they just do not understand.  They still talk about Katrina and how it ruined our lives and ask what we are going to do.  I have to reassure them but I honestly do not know, we have to take it one day at a time..  I have to reassure my wife also and tell her she is worrying to much, but deep down I am too, wondering if we will have a roof over our heads tomorrow, or will we have to move?  I am thankful for being able to stay here, but I want to help out to give something back but I am unable too now.  I am not asking for handouts, just help in this time of need, please help my family have a wonderful Christmas, God Bless you all for everything you have done and please keep us in your prayers!  Thank you!      

 

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