Katrina relief team returns from Pass Christian, Mississippi

WILMORE, KY— Since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast on August 29, Asbury College along with the City of Wilmore have been planning relief efforts for their adopted sister city, Pass Christian, Mississippi. From November 19-26, a group of Asbury College students, faculty, staff and citizens of Wilmore helped clean up and repair Pass Christian. This will be the first of many relief efforts Asbury College and Wilmore will make over the next several months or years.

katrinawrapup2.jpgHere’s a break down by the numbers.

  • 15—the number of minutes it took Hurricane Katrina to flood Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • 5 a.m.—the time Asbury College and Wilmore’s relief team left Wilmore
  • 77—the total number of volunteers who gave up their Thanksgiving, including Asbury College faculty, staff, community members and 64 students
  • 13—hours traveled to Pass Christian
  • 14—organizations and businesses that made this trip possible
  • 30,000—dollars donated to Pass Christian through The Salvation Army from Asbury College in the largest single chapel offering in the school’s history
  • 12—vehicles to transport supplies and workers, plus 1 Kabuta tractor brought down by alumnus, Dr. Mike Smith from Columbus, Ohio
  • 18,000—miles traveled
  • 6—days were spent working on projects in the town
  • 30—projects completed, including stripping several homes damaged by flood waters down to studs, removing debris from property, tearing down decks and removingkatrinawrapup3.jpg insulation from multiple homes, repairing chainsaws and cleaning the distribution center.
  • 78,000—dollars worth of labor donated to the city from volunteers
  • 7—monuments in the War Memorial Park re-installed, including the town’s memorial to the victims of Hurricane Camille.
  • Tons—of debris cleared from the residents’ property
  • 10,000—meals were cooked, served, and cleaned up after at God’s Katrina Kitchen
  • 1,000—library books donated by Wilmore Elementary School, Asbury College students and others given to the library in Pass Christian, volunteers also helped the library staff sort and move books.
  • 75—air mattresses loaned by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross for our volunteers
  • 7,500—pounds of drywall were picked up, delivered and unloaded by volunteers
  • 2—church services conducted
  • 1—trip down, many to go

For more pictures from the relief trip, visit http://www.asbury.edu/gallery/katrina-relief

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