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IN TODAY'S ISSUE
May 24, 2007

Red Arrow-giftMiss Sadie Loves the Volunteers - And Her New Bike
Red Arrow-gift"God Taught Me a Lesson"
Red Arrow-giftThis Week's Quote
Red Arrow-giftRecovery Stats
Red Arrow-giftNew Volunteer Housing, Dulac (Slide Show)

MISS SADIE LOVES THE VOLUNTEERS - AND HER NEW BIKE

By Susan J. Meister, Gulf Coast Communications

Miss Sadie is proud of her new bicycle, and loves to ride in on the sidewalk and in a nearby parking lot. She is grateful to the volunteer team from Ohio that arranged to purchase the new turquoise tricycle-style bike to replace the one she lost in Hurricane Katrina. When she's not riding, she sits in front of her home and greets volunteers and visitors with a wide smile.

Miss Sadie is beaming as she shows off her brand new bicycle, a gift from volunteers in Ohio

Miss Sadie is beaming as she shows off her brand new bicycle, a gift from volunteers in Ohio
Susan Meister/UMCOR

"I just love all the volunteers," Miss Sadie exclaimed. "They are so nice." Miss Sadie's home took on about 8' of water from the storm surge. After the storm, she said that everybody tried to help each other. "People came from every which way," she said. "The Salvation Army helped feed us and a lady from the front desk at Keesler brought clothes and food. The Air Force helped with the clean up."

Air Force base assisted with clean up efforts

Keesler Air Force Base is a major employer in the Biloxi community. Personnel from the base not only were involved in the clean up efforts and rebuilding of their own facilities after the hurricane, they also were very active in the community clean-up.

Miss Sadie is anxious to move back into her rebuilt home with her dog, Buster.

Miss Sadie is anxious to move back into her rebuilt home with her dog, Buster.
Susan Meister/UMCOR

Miss Sadie worked at Keesler for 24 years, making beds and setting up rooms. One of the items she was able to salvage is a certificate from the Department of the Air Force which recognized her years of service.

She evacuated to Hattiesburg, Miss., to be with her son when the storm approached. She said that it was the worst she saw in her life.

Julie Duncan, case manager at Seashore Station, Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response, helped connect Miss Sadie to volunteer help and supplies to help rebuild her home. She also helped pick up Miss Sadie's new bicycle from a bike shop in Ocean Springs.

"I am tired of that FEMA trailer," Miss Sadie sighed, "but God blesses us with all the volunteers who are coming to help us."

To help families in Biloxi and other places along the Gulf Coast rebuild from the wind and water of Hurricane Katrina, contact the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Response.

For more on the United Methodist recovery work visit these web sites:
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
UM News Service
Mississippi Conference
Louisiana Conference
Texas Conference
Alabama-West Florida Conference