Katrina Angel Tree Victims Needing Help - 2005

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Moreau Family of 3
ID # 101

Father - Age 38
Children - 1 girl - 16, 1 boy - 11
Originally from Meraux, Louisiana
Adopted by family in London, England 10/19/05
Comments: We left St. Bernard Parish the night before Katrina to Dallas for a Mandatory evacuation. We only took enough clothes for a couple of days because we were so use to coming back home after a close call. Well as you know we took a direst hit and was left with only the clothes to last a couple of days. Now we are in Baton Rouge in a small apt and are trying to start our lives over again and slowly we are doing just that.
Eck Family of 5
ID # 102

Father - Age 34
Mother - Age 35
Children - 1 girl - 13,  2 boys - 7 & 5
Originally from Long Beach, Mississippi
Adopted by family in Chicago, Illinois 10/19/05
Comments: We tried to leave but traffic to bad.  We stayed 10 miles from beach.  Our house is only 1 mile from beach. We had a tree fall on house water got in and we have spots all over the house.  House has shifted.  We have a horrible rat problem now.  Its hard to sleep at night.  We had no insurance. The boy's school was destroyed so they share another and go from 12:30-5:30.
Stovall Family of 2
ID # 103

Mother - Age 27
Children - 1 girl - 3
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi
Adopted by family in Brandon, Mississippi 10/19/05
Comments: My experience from the storm was quite a shock to return home and find friends and neighbors homes completely gone. Places that I've grown up around that were familiar are quite different today. Things that we take for granted, simply aren't there anymore. It was definitely a hurricane none of us will soon forget.  In advance, I thank you for any help that you find it in your heart to give, it will be greatly appreciated. Love always, the Stovall Family
Leon Family of 3
ID # 104

3 Siblings - 2 Sisters - 32 & 26, 1 Brother - 24
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Adopted by family in Salem, Oregon  11/05/05
Comments:  The day before the hurricane my whole entire family moved to my sister house in fort worth Texas. Here in Texas were my sister and her husband only and they took us in. Now it is a total of twelve of us total in the house. We have lost everything an has decided to stay here in Texas.  We are in serious need of help.  My sister has emptied their bank account helping our family in need, because FEMA or any other government agencies says they only help certified business not family members helping family. We would really appreciate you help. Thank You and God bless
Rhodes Family of 7
ID # 105

Mother - Age 55
Children - 3 girls - 7, 7 & 11 months, 3 boys - 5, 2 & 1
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Adopted by family in Meridian, Idaho 10/20/05
Comments:  Well on the day before katrina hit, I packed up my family of twelve in one mid size vehicle a left. With no where in mind we just drove where everyone else was going Baton Rouge. I call my daughter and son in law and told them we have no where to go and was it ok to come to Texas. They say yes immediately and give us directions. When we got there they bought us bedding and all necessities that were needed. Out of their own pocket, they've taken great care of all twelve of us. God Bless them and keep them. My daughter has taken on a second job just to keep up with the bills. We're still living here with her and her husband and by the grace of God all bills are paid in full.  May God Bless you all.
Harnisch Family of 3
ID # 106

Father - Age 54
Mother - Age 64
Children - 1 girl - 27
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi
Adopted by family in Salem, Oregon  11/03/05
Comments:  I am requesting any and all help for the holidays. My parents and I had to leave the gulf coast due to the immense flooding that was cause to the house we were living in. We had to stay in the house for 2 weeks before we could leave and with the heat and such my dad and I both got sick. We left and are in a nice place that was found for us by nice people who wanted to help evacuees. We would love is someone can adopt my family for the holidays so our holiday season isn't destroyed as our autumn has been.
Fleming Family of 3
ID # 107

Father - Age 43
Mother - Age 38
Children - 1 boy - 9
Originally from Perkinston, Mississippi

Adopted by family in Manchester, Connecticut
10/19/05

Comments:  We left Sunday when we realized the storm would be bad. We went to Texas and watched the storm on tv and were horrified by what we saw. We knew we would have nothing left and after we got back and saw our home and belongings we were just numb. We went through what was left and took what we could get and just rode to town with all we had left. Everywhere we looked was devastation, and people walking around with everything they owned, some with garbage bags and some with their vehicles packed down with all they had like us. It looked like bombs went off, military everywhere. There wasn't anywhere to stay , so like alot of people we stayed in tents and with friends when we could. Finally I got a hold of a computer and found hurricanehousing.org and that's where I found a couple wanting to help us with a place to stay. We will be here until January 31st and then go back to the coast and try and start over. I think there are alot of Angels in America, because alot of people wouldn't have made it through this without everyone's help, and I want to Thank Everyone. God Bless All, The Fleming Family
Riedlinger Family of 3
ID # 108
Mother - Age 48
Children - 2 girls - 25 & 18
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana
Adopted by family Lakeland, Florida 10/20/05
Comments:  Both my daughters live with me. My husband died Feb, 8 of this year, and I have been struggling ever since. I have been very sad since he died. He was the best man I ever had. And the hurricane has put more pressure on me. I really wish I could get my husband back, but I know I can't. He died of Advanced Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was only 43. He is all that I think about. He was buried in New Orleans.
Hill Family of 5
ID # 109
Mother - Age 25
Fiancée - Age 45
Children - 1 girl - 3, 1 boy - 7
Other Family - Mother - Age 45
Originally from Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Adopted by Students at University 
of Pittsburg, PA 10/20/05
Comments:  Our family was evacuated from our home when the incident occurred. We lost clothing and food.
Barnes Family of 7
ID # 110
Mother - Age 23
Father - Age 26
Children - 2 girls - 11 & 2, 1 boy - 4
Other Family Members
Grandfather - 53, Grandmother - 43
Originally from Osyka, Mississippi
Adopted by Family in Palmetto Bay, Florida
10/20/05
Comments:  This family is a very close knit family and very active in their church, singing, teaching Sunday School, helping neighbors and community.  Grandfather has lung cancer, and 11 year old girl borderline diabetic.
Huff Family of 7
ID # 111
Mother - Age 40
Children - 4 girls - 17, 16, 22 & 12,
2 boys - 20 & 4
Originally from Kentwood, Louisiana
Adopted by a Business in San Francisco, California 10/20/05
Comments:  Had to evacuate mobile home prior to storm severe damage to home.  Moved to rental property with current home in possible foreclosure.
Pinkney Family of 9
ID # 112
Mother - Age 44
Father - Age 50
Children - 3 girls - 24, 13 & 19
4 boys - 16, 11, 26, & 1
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Adopted by Palm Harbor MRI Department
Palm Harbor, Florida
10/24/05
 
Barnard Family of 3
ID # 113

Mother - Age 31
Boyfriend - Age 30
Children - 1 girl - 10
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi
Adopted by family in Portland, Oregon 10/20/05
Comments:  We were told to get out ASAP from our apartment, in Gulfport. we are staying with family for a while, but not much longer.  We are looking for a home at this time. We will be homeless in 2 weeks.
Hess Family of 2
ID # 114
Wife - Age 41
Husband - Age 38
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

This family is back on their feet and appreciates all that so many have done for them.  They asked to be removed from the Angel Tree and pray God's special blessings on all the other families listed here. 
~The Marc Hess Family 

Comments:  Had to swim 3 blocks to a Fidelity Bank where we got taken in a helicopter.  Please pray for us.  I did just get a job at a local grocery store and I Thank God everyday for His protection and allowing me to be able to work and to try and provide for us. Thank you all and God Bless and Merry Christmas.
Hall Family of 5
ID # 115

Mother - Age 36
Children - 2 boys 17 & 16, 1 girl 12
Grandmother - 55
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi
Adopted by family in Biloxi, Mississippi 10/24/05
Comments:  I was in hospital but daughter and children stayed in house till it got to bad and went to other daughters house and water began to rise and they had to float chest high water, we lost everything even our car, my oldest grandson is still having night mares.  We appreciate anything...God bless.
Bolling Family & Entire 5th Grade Class
ID # 116
18-20 students

Long Beach, Mississippi

Adopted by Friends in Manchester, Connecticut!
10/25/05

WHAT A BLESSING!

Comments:   I have a daughter who is in 5th grade and attends Harper McCaughn School. I am asking for some one or a group to adopt my daughter's 5th.grade class for Christmas.  You see these little children have been through so much this year.  Everyday I see the pain on their little faces.  These children from Harper McCaughn School in Long Beach, Ms. are now going to school in split shifts from 12:30 till 5:30 everyday, which leaves no time to play after school, because it gets dark so early.  I don't think they will have a Halloween either, the street are still piled with debris and the street lights are still out and there is still a curfew.  A lot of these children have lost their homes, clothes and all of their belongings.  When they left their school to prepare for the Hurricane, they never expected not to return.  It breaks my heart to know my daughter has gone to that school since kindergarten and her last months of elem. school now has to be at a whole different school. These Children will be blessed by God, for it is the children that keeps us (Parents, teachers, and principal) going to pick up the pieces of our lives that have been ripped, thrown and tossed so severely only one could imagine.  Thank You and God Bless
Sullivan Family of 3
ID # 117

Mother - Age 25
Children - 1 boy 6, 1 girl 2 months
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana
Adopted by Palm Harbor MRI Department
Palm Harbor, Florida
10/24/05
Comments:  I evacuated with a neighbor on the 28th of August the day before the storm. And We lost everything we have been in the hotel since then waiting on FEMA for housing assistance.  If anyone can help that would be a blessing to and my family. But take care of our brother and sisters with their children and the elderly that suffered the aftermath of the hurricane first b/c even though me and my family are still in the hotel we are blessed and grateful.....
Ancira Family of 8
ID # 118

Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 33
Children - 2 girls 14 & 9, 4 boys 12, 11, 10, & 7
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana
Adopted by Family in San Diego, California
11/3/05
Comments:  We lived in New Orleans and when the hurricane hit us i had no money to leave to my sisters house in Texas so we road the storm out in our 2 bed room trailer . the next 2 weeks was trouble it was hot no food or water was around we had went shopping so we had a little food and water my kids were so scared and so was i we got out of New Orleans 2 weeks later and stayed with my family in San Marcos TX were we are now we plan on staying with them for about 1 year or so until we can get some help.  I thank you for what ever you do you are a big help with this many kids it is hard to start over.
Moreau Family of 2
ID # 119

Wife - Age 37
Husband - Age 36
Originally from Arabi, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Huntingtown, Maryland  11/11/05

Comments:  We evacuated with only two sets of clothes. Left for Tennessee the night before Katrina struck.  Not only do I have to worry about my health now (I am in remission from Breast Cancer) but I have to worry about where we will go and what we will do as each new day comes. There is no more money in the bank and my job will not resume for another three weeks.  Please help anyway you can.  We are not use to excepting any kind of handout even through my illness, but now i ask for help.
Ebeling Family of 2
ID # 120

Mother - Age 38
Children - 1 son - 4
Originally from Kenner, Louisiana

Adopted by Business in Rochester, NY
11/1/05
Comments:  I evacuated with the friends that I am staying with. The first night we stayed in Lafayette. We could only get one hotel room for six people, seven dogs, three cats, two birds, and one hamster. Also, we could only stay there for one night. The next morning we drove to Lake Charles, LA where we split up into two rooms. We had other friends staying there as well. There were thirteen of us altogether which made it nice to have familiar faces from home. Everyone at the hotel was so nice and helpful to all of us evacuees. We then went home for one night and slept in the house without electricity. We gathered some of our belongings and then went to stay in Raceland at the house of a friend. The house was a rental and currently vacant. We all slept on blow up mattresses. We were grateful to have a house to stay in even though we had no phone, cable or internet service. You just don't realize how dependent you are until you do without.  Before Hurricane Katrina I had just moved in with friends temporarily. I am a single parent struggling to work full time and attend the University of New Orleans full time to get a degree in Early Childhood Education. I was having a tough time making ends meet, became two weeks late with my rent, and was evicted. My friends took my son and I in temporarily and I put my entire house except for our summer clothes and a few personal belongings in storage. My friends house made out fine from the storm, but my storage flooded and I lost almost everything I have. I don't know how I will ever recover. My son and I sleep on a blowup mattress together in the middle of the living room and have no privacy. My son tells me all the time that he wants a house for just the two of us, a house like we had before. I just don't know what to tell him and it breaks my heart.
Guimond Family of 6
ID # 121
Mother - Age 33
Father - Age 30
Children - 3 boys - 10, 9 & 3, 1 girl - 7
Originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Adopted by Amelia Academy Honor Society in Amelia, Virginia - Thanksgiving Meal
Adopted by Friends in Cumberland, Virginia - Christmas
Comments:  I had just moved to Mississippi two wks before the hurricane because my husband was going to Iraq for 15 months. The hurricane hit and I had to move my whole family to Virginia and relocate there. The only thing I took was what I could fit in my van.  Any little bit can help. Voucher for food/supplies. Thank you very much.
Sullivan Family of 3
ID # 122

Mother - Age 25
Children - 1 boy - 6, 1 girl - 2 months
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana
Adopted by Family in
Florien, Louisiana 11/2/05
Comments:  I evacuated with a neighbor the day before the storm. B/c I didn't have a car me and my family lived in subsidized housing, and didn't have much money but a neighbor got us out of there thank God we are so blessed. We only took a little bit of clothes b/c we too like everyone else thought we would be back and three days...  If anyone can help us God Bless you And your Family.
Dixon Family of 7
ID # 123

Mother - Age 36
Children - 4 boys - 18, 17, 15 & 13
Aunt - Age 68
Male Cousin - Age 43
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Calvary Covenant Tabernacle
Stanley, Wisconsin  11/15/05

Comments:  We lived in the 7th ward when katrina hit we lost everything my sons and i were separated in the bridge for 6 days once rescued we were located to Beaumont, TX where once again we were running for our lives we lost everything twice and now i am staying with good friends in Oklahoma pray for us all.
Evans Family of 4
ID #124

Mother - Age 20
Father - Age 21
Children - 2 boys - 22 months & 33 months
Originally from Prichard, Alabama
Adopted by Family in
Marietta, Georgia 11/6/05
Comments:  We had to leave home because of flooding. our house is really not livable but because we have not where to go we are staying in it. FEMA will not help us because they sat that the home owner has applied. All of our furniture got mess-up.
Randolph Family of 5
ID # 125

Mother - Age 38
Children - 1 boy 19, 3 girls 10, 5 & 3
Originally from Prichard, Alabama

Adopted by University of California Santa Cruz Student Volunteer Connection in Santa Cruz, CA  11/22/05

Comments:  We had to leave home because of flooding. had alot of damaged to personal property and car.
Wendt Family of 3
ID # 126

Mother - Age 45
Father - Age 60
Children - 1 boy 12
Originally from Saucier, Mississippi
Adopted by Family in
Sterling, Virginia 11/18/05
Comments:  We lived in a mobile home.  The roof was destroyed.  We evacuated for 4 days until the threat of the storm was over.  And assistance you can provide will be deeply appreciated.
J. James Family of 7
ID # 127
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 36
Children - 4 boys 15 & 15, 14, 8, 1 girl 6
Originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Adopted by Dustin Construction Company in Gaithersburg, MD 12/1/05

Comments:  Had to evacuate at the last minute due to pine trees that started coming around down by our home. without electricity and water for about a month. live in a home now but having to start all over due to loss of everything.  God bless each and everyone.
D. James Family of 7
ID # 128
Mother - Age 48
Father - Age 49
Children - 3 boys 22, 20 & 18, 2 girls 3 & 2
Originally from Theodore, Alabama

Adopted by Dance Craze Gymnastics & Cheer in Washington, Missouri  11/30/05

 
Terry Family of 6
ID # 129
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 31
Children - 2 boys 13 & 7, 2 girls 12 & 5
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by Wachovia Corporation
Charlotte, NC 10/27/05

Comments:  I evacuated my children and another family with five children. My husband and I stayed behind because there was not enough room. We felt the children's lives were more important. We gave our vehicle, credit cards, money, a blank check and food to a friend with no means of getting out. She went to Ga with them. After a week of them being gone I ran out of money and maxed all my cards. They had to return. I had two business lost. So we now have very little money coming in. We went 4 days without water and food. We stayed in the home during the storm and watched roofs fly by and trees through the house. The children just started school and now are going to another one. Our home is missing half the roof and lately we have woke up cold. FEMA has not yet given us any assistance. A church group is coming put a roof on our home Monday finally. We can finally wash off all the bug spray.  There are many people worse off than we are. I hope they are number one on the list. Still my children do not need to suffer more than they have. They do not need to think Santa Clause has abandoned them at a time like this. I just want my kids to be comfortable and feel as normal as possible. I am hoping someone can help that possible. Maybe by then FEMA will have helped and I can pay my bills and worry about presents. For now I have to keep our lights and heat on and with no money the three months of utilities bills just keep piling up. God bless all that has opened there hearts, lives and homes to those of us in need. Without the individuals helping the coast would have suffered worse.
Shaver Family of 4
ID # 130
Mother - Age 22
Father - Age 25
Children - 1 boy 3, 1 girl 15 months
Originally from Lacombe, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Paso Robles, California  11/10/05

Comments:  We left the sat. before the hurricane and headed to Little Rock, AR. we have been here ever since. our house had min. damage but we were renting and the landlord wont fix it so we cant go back home. all of our things are down there and have no way of getting it up here. we plan on staying here in little rock for a long time.
Bowman Family of 1
ID # 131
Mother - Age 20
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
New York, New York 11/13/05

Comments:  Me and my boyfriend (at the time) evacuated the Sunday before the hurricane. We left to my mothers home in Florida at 2 a.m. just to beat the traffic. It worked. We were able to go back to Metairie to gather the few things that were not molded, just some pictures and my skillets. (I'm a true southerner - I refused to leave them no matter how nasty they were) We then drove to Fort Collins in Colorado b/c his family lives there. The Red Cross helped is find a place to live until Nov. 1st. Now - it's just me and I am trying to move to Colorado Springs to go to college. It's kind of hard b/c I don't know anything or anyone in this state, but I have obtained an apartment. I have nothing to put in it, but it has nice new carpet. I don't really enjoy the cold weather here and am not looking forward to dealing with the snow. I miss my humidity and I don't like having dry skin!! But I have to look on the bright side of everything - I'm still alive and at least I have my skillets! ;) God bless and thank everyone for all their prayers, it really does help.
Alexander Family of 3
ID # 132

Mother - Age 49
Father - Age 58
Daughter - Age 25
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas
Adopted by a family in
Sterling, Virginia 11/18/05
Comments:  Totally devastating and stressful. This was a very sad life experience to loose all of your life's possessions and jobs that you were established on for years.  But through prayer and all of the love and support from so many we will rebuild and every thing we lost will be restored.  Each day we will walk by faith...looking to God as our source and strength!!!  Thanking you in advance for your generosity!
Monroe Family of 6
ID # 133
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 26
Children - 2 boys 5 & 2, 1 girl 10
Father's Brother - Age 19
Un-adopted - Unable to reach family
Comments:  It was unbelievable, there trees everywhere, houses torn apart, a lot of snakes, debris.  i had to live in a shelter for 2 in a half months with my wife and kids, sometimes we would miss meals because they only served for 1 hour and they so many people to feed. I had to walk through chest high water with my kids and wife. it was just too much for the human eye to see!!  I'm very grateful for you all!!!!
Williams Family of 7
ID # 134
Mother - Age 43
Children - 3 boys 18, 13 & 1,
3 girls 21, 20, & 15
Originally from Irvington, Alabama

Adopted by a family in
East China, Michigan  12/07/05

Comments:  We were told to evacuate but we chose to ride it out. The children were terrified as the water began to come through the ceilings the winds began to blow so hard that my daughter put the recliner against the door. water ran down the wall from under the light sight, Thank God the electricity was out!!!  Everyone in my house is sick from were the mold and mild was. My Medicaid visits have run out.  I'm still sick.
Robinson Family of 4
ID # 135
Mother - Age 44
Father - Age 47
Children - 1 boy 17, 1 girl 7
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Dallas, TX 11/24/05

Comments:  We left New Orleans Sunday morning at 9AM drove in gridlock traffic for 8 hours to Baton Rouge. We did not have anyplace to stay. we finally found friends to stay with before the storm hit. The friends had a power outage so they could not put us up. we tracked down family. they could only allow us to stay for a few days. then we went to Lake Charles stayed in a hotel. then I found my daughter who was missing. she was with her father who did not tell me their whereabouts. then we went to Arlington and lived in a hotel for 3 weeks. found an apartment in fort worth.  We need help with household items and credit repair. We filed bankruptcy just before Katrina and it was dismissed because we could not pay the payments. the damaged house may be in foreclosure, and my car (Americredit) people are trying to repo my car. This is so hard to concentrate on the future when the creditors are giving you a chance to make good on payments.
Blanks Family of 7
ID # 136
Mother - Age 30
Children - 3 boys 15, 9 & 7,
3 girls 12, 10 & 8
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by family in Exeter, New Hampshire
11/2/05

Comments:  My home had a tree come through the side of the house forcing us to move and while leaving home i went threw water and it killed my motor so thats my story and i have six kids. thank you and were blessed thank you.
Belcher Family of 4
ID # 137
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 30
Children - 2 boys 4 & 6 weeks
Originally from Moss Point, Mississippi

Adopted by family in Mt. Pleasant, SC
10/26/05

Comments:  Had to stay at the hospital shelter, we lost everything. had my baby the Friday after the storm now staying in two bedroom apartment with 8 family members.  Thank you to every one who is helping.
Kerley Family of 2
ID # 138
Wife - Age 38
Husband - Age 37
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi
Adopted by Family in Cincinnati, Ohio
11/4/05
Comments:  In May 2005 My fiancé and I just bought a beautiful house that seemed made for us in a very safe neighborhood (his former house was in an unsafe neighborhood. I had went through a devastating divorce 3 yrs ago and had to start my whole household from scratch, got myself in debt doing this, met a wonderful man who asked me to marry him in Feb. Right before he met me he was working 2 jobs to pay off all his credit card bills. We were finally on our feet after alot of hard work!! The Sat before the storm we made the decision to evacuate to my sis in Destin after we got off work (I worked at The Isle, he at The Grand) and so we did. We thought we might get some roof damage and maybe a little water as we were 1 mile from the bay, elevated 11 ft above sea level, and our house elevated another 4 ft on concrete pilings. I looked at my photo albums on the entertainment center considering whether to take them...I didn't. We each packed a bag of clothes, got our Min Pin Xander and food for him and headed to Destin. On early Mon morn, I was only able to get text messages through, and heard from a friend of mine that stayed at the beginning of my subdivision (Poteau Bay) that they saw and heard tornados touching down and then had to go to the 2nd floor b/c water was coming into the house, then nothing. On the news they'd say "MS Gulf Coast devastated...but back to New Orleans". It was frustrating!! At 7pm that night a friend text me saying that Leslie had seen my house. I asked her how it was, but she couldn't get a message back through. Finally at 3am she was able to text me. I asked about my house. She replied "Leslie can see through your walls" I started crying and crying. Even though it was just material possessions, it was stuff that we both worked hard for. I saw my house a week later. Every home in my subdivision was either badly damaged or destroyed. The shell of my house is the only thing that MAY be salvageable as the builder 9 yrs ago filled the outer walls w/ concrete....the brick house next to mine was crumbled. Since then we went to Vegas to try to find work, but very little there plus I was majorly depressed being away from my family, friends, and my daughters (both are 19, and The Isle opened their hotel to FEMA, etc so we could come back and be volunteer workers to keep our job when we reopen the casino in the hotel in late Dec so we came back. My fiancé got a job in Lake Charles but we get to see each other on the weekends. Bad news: ins co is saying its all flood. Worse news, our agent didn't advise us that the flood policy was onlyy$100,000 (our house cost $145,000 which would mean that we'd still owe $45000 on our mortgage) and NO contents coverage. We thought the flood policy would mirror the homeowners which covered the full mortgage amount and up to $107,000 for contents. So now we are out of $50,000 of contents and have to start all over plus may be in debt for a house we cannot live in. We don't want a handout...we need a hand-up.  We got a little ray of light this week as the Lutheran Church in OS had volunteers that would gut my house for free!! They are college students that came today and are very special people!! Jackson Co said they'd clear all debris from our land by the Army Corps....that's wonderful b/c we have 4-5 ft of debris covering the front yard, side yard, and back yard. All of the "debris" is walls, belongings, etc from some of my 12 neighbors houses that are gone.  We'd appreciate any help we could get from clothes to appliances, towels, furniture for when we do get to rebuild. Thank you and God Bless you!
McQueen Family of 2
ID # 139
Mother - Age 21
Children - 1 boy, 2
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in Dolores, Colorado
11/08/05

Comments:  I was scared it was something i had never experience before, i just was very scared for me and my son but all i could do is pray and thank God that i survive the storm because many people didn't and i just thank god for his mercy and love.  I just thank god for every one who is helping us in need and i hope that god bless them.
Waldrop Family of 3
ID # 140
Mother - Age 41
Children - 2 girls 2 & 7 months
Originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Adopted by Family in Cleveland, Ohio 10/28/05

Comments:  When the mandatory evacuation was issued we left our home, leaving it in the hands of God. Scared, as were most people of what was to come. We thought if our home is gone we will ask for the strength to start over, if not we will be forever grateful. We are forever grateful. God be with us all. God Bless You and Yours. Thank You.
Phelps Family of 3
ID # 141
Mother - Age 37
Children - 1 boy10, 1 girl 11
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in Manchester, Connecticut
11/01/05

Comments:  I left during the evacuation before the storm hit.  I have lost everything. MY mobile house is gone. so is my car.
Knapp Family of 2
ID # 142
Female - Age 45
Female Roommate - Age 40
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Belle Chasse, Louisiana  11/29/05

Comments:  We left for hurricane, went back to nothing, a shell of a house with a foot of, what I guess you would call mud. It was absolutely horrible, it looked like a war zone. Everyone talks about New Orleans when the Gulfport-Biloxi area is unrecognizable.  Any donation would be appreciated.
Cline Family of 5
ID # 143
Mother - Age 35
Children - 1 boy 13, 3 girls 17, 16 & 14
Originally from Gulf Port, Mississippi

Adopted by a Family in San Mateo, CA
 11/1/05

Comments:  I took my family to the shelter the night before Katrina. We are currently in our 3rd shelter location. We hope to be relocated within the next month if all arrangements can be made.   I hope that we will be relocated soon. I have decided to use the words of my daughter as written for an assignment at the new school where we are temporarily staying. " One day, little over two weeks ago, I was watching the weather channel only to find out that category five hurricane was heading straight for my small trailer. My mother told me to get my three younger siblings and myself three sets of clothing to take to the nearest shelter after she got home from work. The next day, as I walked out the door, I took one last look at all the worldly possessions that wouldn't fit into the car. I never suspected that something more sinister was about to take them all away. The shelter turned out to be a high school. There was no air conditioning, water, ice, limited electricity, it was over-crowed, nothing to eat, no privacy, and noisy beyond belief. I had no idea what had happened, my friends, family or anyone I cared about. My mother and I took turns staying up night and day to make sure no one stole what little possessions we had. There was a lot of strange people who seemed to always have their eyes on our things, my family or me. The day after the hurricane, my mother went to see what was left. She came back a mere half hour later, and with tear-stained face told us that the only thing she could find was some soggy pieces of insulation stuck in the trees and bushes. I cried a little from the loss, then I overheard that there where buses coming to take whoever wanted to go to another shelter in Robertsdale, Alabama. They said that there was electricity, water and food. After we talked over with the rest of my family, we decided to leave. Many of the other people left, but some stayed for their own reasons. The buses took us to a civic center and from there a pastor of a local church decided to take us in, that took incredible kindness and trust to take in five people-who hadn't showered in about a week-and bring them into their place of worship. But my family wasn't the only ones they took in. They brought in thirty other people as well. taking in one stranger has many risks, now multiply that by thirty and add feeding them, clothing them and helping the children with their needs and get them in school. I was astonished at all the kindness that these people had." These words written by my daughter which she titled "Kindness" earned her an A for the assignment. It in a small way describes some of things we have faced so far. I am fully aware that this is only the beginning and there is a very long road ahead of us. The people that took us in have been really great and we are truly grateful and I know we are welcomed. But I find it necessary to look ahead. We really like the area we are in now, but the magnitude of evacuees in this and the surrounding towns have made the possibility of finding any type of long term housing non existent. We have discussed it and have decided to try and relocate. I would like to find a small community where we can get a new start. Educational resources are a priority as my children are A students with honors on both the local and national level. I hope that there is a community out there that would be willing to help and guide us as we pick up the pieces and try to make a new start.
Richerson Family of 6
ID # 144
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 23
Children - 1 boy 6, 3 girls 8, 3 & 6 months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in Breckenridge, Colorado
10/31/05

 
Michel Family of 6
ID # 145
Mother - Age 39
Father - Age 37
Children - 2 boys 20 & 2, 2 girls 14 & 5
Originally from St. Bernard, Louisiana

Adopted by:
The Angel Care International,
San Luis Obispo, California
10/25/05

Comments:   It was very stressful! We really had no clue as to where we were going to go. We had very little money. We sat in traffic for hours, maybe just to go a couple of blocks. We were having trouble with our brakes before we started our journey, but had no choice but to chance it. Well along the way the brakes went out completely. We had to abandon the van right there and only had the clothes on our backs. We luckily got a ride. We had 5 adults and 4 children in a little Corsica. We rode for about another 7 hours like this. Well on our way we needed gas, after a long ride and finally finding a gas station; state troopers turned us away. Just to go maybe a mile or so and then running out of gas. So at this time, we are stuck on the side of the road until 2 of the adults walked to find the next gas station. Finally, back on the road. The children were tired, hungry and miserable. After about another 3 hours we made it to Baton Rouge, La. We managed to get a hotel room there, but had to leave after 2 days; we had no more money. So then we find our way to a Baptist Church in Lafayette. Myself and my children all took ill, plus they were out their daily medicine for bipolar and adhd so I had to go sit through the emergency room for countless hours. We stay at the church shelter for about 2 days, things were really bad there. I call my sister who was in  Alexandria. She said, we could come stay in her hotel room. With no car or money, we finally found a ride from Lafayette to Alexandria. We got there late that night, only to wake up the next morning to find out she went back home. So therefore we had to leave because we had no money. So once again, we had to find a ride. I spoke with my brother, who was still at the hotel we were originally at. He said that Red Cross was going to pay for the rooms so he held one until I made it there. That was Sept.8 and we are still here today. We still aren't getting much help from anyone. I have no transportation or money, so it is really hard to pay for someone to watch my little one or to go try to work, even get my children to much needed doctor appointments.. I think if I had a vehicle I know if I did, I would be able to go out and help myself and my family get/find the things we need to start our life's again. I'm trying to hang in there the best I can for my children's sake, but I must say it is very, very hard.  Can you please call me or email me if you know you can possibly help out in any way. Even if it is just for the three small children. Little Dave, Arianna & Corinne that's who needs it and I worry about the little ones the most, because they have already had so much devastation and their most precious things in their lives lost. I thank you. And I PRAY & HOPE that someone will adopt my family. Thank You! May God Bless All Of You and Have a very Blessed Day. 
Bone Family of 4
ID # 146
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 39
Children - 2 boys 15 & 14
Originally from Van Cleave, Mississippi
Adopted by Family in Brooklyn, New York
11/2/05
Comments:  We evacuated to Pensacola, Florida and spent over $2,500 with hotel costs, gas and food to remain evacuated until power came back on at home. We need to get our roof done, but can't afford it yet. We are existing, but have no extra money for Christmas.
Johns Family of 3
ID # 147
Mother - Age 24
Children - 2 girls 6 & 2
Originally from Long Beach, Mississippi

Adopted by Family in Monument, Colorado 10/27/05

Comments:  Wow, well it began the day before the hurricane and we evacuated to a friends in Louisiana. We watched the news all day and night until the storm hit and wonder and prayed that our homes were ok. We also prayed for my brother whom stayed for the storm and survived it. My children and I lost our home and my mother and step dad lost there home and so did my brother. We found that out about 4 days after the storm, it was a devastating sight. I am a single mother of 2 girls, I have been going to school for along time trying to get my nursing degree, this storm put me back a whole semester so I have about a year and a half to go. I always work as a tech at the hospital to support my family, but have been unable to work because I cannot find a sitter. My kids daycare was completely gone. But it is rough now but I know it will all pass, it will get better, god has assured me of that. I have been volunteering on the south side of the railroad tracks all along the beach from long beach, Ms to Biloxi, Ms helping clean up. This is my home and I love this place and I will do whatever it takes to get it back again. I currently reside at a friend of mines house in a 3 bed 2 bath with 13 of us hurricane victims here, I thank her everyday. I am waiting on a FEMA trailer so my girls and I will have something of our own, but that is taking alot of time. I want to thank everyone who has been so kind, helpful and good -hearted to everyone on the coast we thank you all and love you all. God Bless You All. I want to thank everyone again for all there Prayers, it means the world to us coast residents.
McKeller Family of 3
ID # 148
Mother - Age 72
Children - 1 son 43, 1 daughter 25
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by University of California Santa Cruz Student Volunteer Connection in Santa Cruz, CA  11/22/05

Comments:  Back porch water came in home and tree blew in car.  Any help will be appreciated because i am on a fixed income and my husband is deceased thanks.
Bolden Family of 2
ID # 149
Mother - Age 41
Children - 1 girl - 16
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana
Adopted by a Family in Wolf Point, Montana
 11/7/05
Comments:  WE HAD DECIDED NOT TO LEAVE UNTIL MY MOM CALLED 4:30 SUNDAY MORNING AND SAID DANA YOU ALL HAVE TO LEAVE. THE HURRICANE HAS BECOME A 5. I IMMEDIATELY WOKE MY DAUGHTER AND PREPARED HER FOR A ROAD TRIP. EVERYONE WAS IN PANIC. WE HEADED FOR HOUSTON AND THEN WE MADE A U-TURN. MY FRIEND HAD COME TO HER SENSES AND DECIDED THAT SHE WOULD NOT RIDE OUT THE STORM. SO I WENT TO THE ST. BERNARD HOUSING PROJECT TO PICK HER UP. WE WERE TRAVELING IN A SEDAN. ME, MY DAUGHTER, BROTHER AND MY BEST FRIEND. INCLUDING FOOD AND CLOTHES FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. THE TRAFFIC WAS SO HORRENDOUS THAT THERE WAS NO WAY WE WOULD MAKE IT TO HOUSTON IN TIME. SO WE HEADED TO MISSISSIPPI. WHEN WE WERE FINALLY BLESSED TO FIND A HOTEL, WE CAMPED OUT THERE UNTIL WEDNESDAY. WE THEN HEADED FOR DONALDSONVILLE, LOUISIANA TO STAY WITH MY UNCLE BECAUSE HOTEL FEE WERE TOO EXPENSIVE AND THE OWNERS WEREN'T GIVING US ANY SYMPATHY. WE WERE IN DONALDSONVILLE FOR A WEEK, LIVING WITH 13 OTHER PEOPLE IN A 2 BEDROOM HOUSE WITH ONE BATHROOM. IF YOU EVER NEEDED A CLOSE KNIT FAMILY THIS WAS THE TIME. THERE WASN'T A DULL MOMENT WITH SOMEONE AT ANY GIVEN TIME BREAKING DOWN. WE ALL SUPPORTED ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHER TO MAKE A DECISION OF WHERE DO THEY GO FROM HERE. MY FRIEND AND I DECIDED THAT WE WOULD MAKE OUR NEW LIVES IN GEORGIA.
Theophile Family of 3
ID # 150
Mother - Age 30
Children - 2 girls 12 & 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Four Winds Ranch in Marysville, Washington  11/11/05

Comments:  ON SUNDAY MORNING THE KIDS WERE PICKED UP BY THEIR FATHER. THE LAST THING THEY TOLD ME WAS THAT THEY LOVED ME AND BE CAREFUL. I WENT TO THE STORE TO LOAD UP ON HURRICANE FOOD AND WATER. I WAS NOT WORRIED AT ALL. THE MAYOR CAME ON AND DID HIS ROUTINE SPEECH BEFORE A STORM. MUCH TO MY DISMAY, I DID NOT LIKE WHAT HE SAID. "EMBRACE YOURSELF CAUSE THIS ONE IS COMING FOR US." I IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO MAKE PHONE CALLS. I KNEW THERE WAS NO WAY MY CAR WOULD MAKE IT ANYWHERE SAFE. BECAUSE THE PHONES WERE SO BOGGED DOWN, I WAS ONLY ABLE TO GET THROUGH TO ONE FRIEND. SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO HOUSTON. I TOLD HER I WAS AFRAID AND DID NOT WANT TO STAY HERE. AN ANGEL SENT HER TO ME. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS NOT SO LUCKY. SHE DECIDED TO RIDE IT OUT. AND BECAUSE SHE HAD NO TRANSPORTATION SHE WITNESSED THE FLOODING AT FIRST HAND. I WAS ABLE TO TALK TO HER UP UNTIL MONDAY EVENING. THEN THE PHONES WENT DOWN AND THERE WAS MANHEIM. I FINALLY LOCATED HER IN THE HOUSTON ASTRODOME. BUT NOW SHE'S MISSING AGAIN, SINCE RITA HAS HIT. I WAS FINALLY REUNITED WITH MY KIDS A WEEK AFTER THE STORM HIT. WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. THEY THOUGHT I WAS STILL IN THE ST. BERNARD HOUSING PROJECT AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO PLAN MY FUNERAL. WE WERE ALL OVERJOYED TO SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN. I RECENTLY RETURNED HOME TO FIND MY HOUSE IN DISARRAY. LOOKING AT THE WATER LINE HALFWAY UP THE WALL, I IMAGINED WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE IF I WOULD HAVE STAYED! THANK YOU JESUS!
Hatch Family of 3
ID # 151
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 boy 11, 1 girl 13
Originally from Van Cleave, Mississippi
Adopted by a Family in Newbury Park, California
 11/6/05
Comments:  Left before storm, have extensive roof, electrical and water damage.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Grall Family of 2
ID #152
Wife - Age 52
Husband - Age 57
Originally from Slidell,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Gainesville, Georgia  12/01/05

Comments:  Home, vehicles and business totally destroyed.  Staying temporarily with son in Arkansas.  Looking to possibly move to San Antonio and restart business and start all over.
Brister Family of 3
ID # 153
Mother - Age 37
Children - 1 boy 3, 1 girl 3
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by Family in Gettysburg, PA 10/27/05

Comments:  Stayed with sister a couple of days, roof caved in, left homeless, went to a shelter in Gulfport, and came to Kentucky.  Thank you and may God bless you all!
Ladener Family of 6
ID # 154
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 34
Grandmother - Age 52
Children - 3 girls 15, 11 & 5
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by Family in Gansevoort, New York 10/27/05

Comments:  I am sending this in for my daughter and her family. They lived in Eagle Point one of the worst areas effected in Katrina. They found nothing of there home when we returned. a beautiful two story home built 14ft up on columns. And when we were allowed back into the neighborhood ,we climbed over piles of debris that was once homes of their neighbors homes and found an empty slab, as if there was never a home there.  It was the most devastating thing a young family ,or for that matter anyone should ever go through.16 years of building for there children's future and In one day it was all taken away from them , And here it is 2 months since the storm hit and they can't get any answer from There insurance or FEMA .Its almost Christmas and they have ,no home ,very few cloths and no answers on when or if they will get anything from the insurance or FEMA . the flood issue which is holding everybody in limbo.  But how do you explain that to Children ,who don't even understand why god let this happen to there home? Please consider them for help Thank You
My daughter ,doesn't know that I am doing this ,But it broke my heart when she sat and cried , and said Mom I just want to go away ,and forget about Christmas , I don't think I will be able to bare to watch my girls go through this . How can I tell them we are not going to be able to have Christmas this year. And I don't have the money to make it happen for them. I wish I did .
Triplett Family of 5
ID # 155
Mother - Age 33
Father - Age 41
Children - 3 girls 13, 4 & 3
Originally from Moss Point, Mississippi

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia 11/14/05

Comments:  We actually stayed with my mom-in-law during the storm so we could all be together. During the storm our neighbors came banging on the door asking for shelter because the water came in; I couldn't believe it, then she said our home had water also. We tried to get back to our home after the storm, but were unable to due to the water coming to our waist. This was such a devastation because we don't live in a flood zone so we had no flood insurance. We never thought the water would come in, we lost a lot of clothes, long dresses, shoes, toys, appliances, furniture. We still have not gotten our home back in order. We have been with my mom-in-law since the night before the storm, August 28, 2005. I thank God for family and friends that have come to our aid since the storm and for keeping us alive during this tragedy.  I thank you in advance for your support.
Poole Family of 4
ID # 156

Mother - Age 38
Children - 1 girl 14
Grandmother - Age 58
Neice - Age 3
Originally from Gulf Port, Mississippi

Adopted by NetComm Solutions, Inc.
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
11/16/05

Comments:  We evacuated to Jacksonville, Fl. then to Southaven, Ms. While en-route to Southaven, my mother's car broke down and we had to rent a car to get back to Gulfport Ms. Upon arrival we discovered our home extremely damaged and unlivable. We have changed our living arrangements three times (family members).  Thank you!
Johnson Family of 4
ID # 157

Mother - Age 49
Children - 1 boy 12, 2 girls 18 & 15
Originally from Prichard, Alabama

Adopted by the Women in Business Students Association in
East Lansing, Michigan  11/18/05

Comments:  ITS WAS ALRIGHT BECAUSE I WENT TO A FRIEND HOUSE A TREE FELL ON TOP OF MY HOUSE WENT THE LIGHT CAME BACK ON MESS UP MY APPLIANCES IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE BUT THE LORD HAD HIS ARMS AROUND US AND WE WERE BLESSED.
Evans Family of 8
ID # 158

Mother - Age 51
Father - Age 55
Daughter - Age 26, Grandsons 2, 3, & 22 months
Great Grandmother - Age 72
Sister - Age 25
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by the Flute Section, Marching Chiefs in Tallahassee, Florida  11/14/05

Comments:  We did not leave in time so we were stuck without power and medical need for many days. My wife got sick because of the mold growing in our house. She was in the hospital for a week. I am disable because of back problems and now because of the hurricane my wife is out of work. We are now have a hard time making ends meet. But I know with God on our side every thing will work out.
Keeler Family of 4
ID # 159

Mother - Age 48
Father - Age 48
Children - 2 girls 14 & 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia
11/14/05

Comments:  I left before storm but went back and lost everything.
Maberry Family of 2
ID # 160

Mother - Age 24
Daughter - Age 3
Originally from Hammond, Louisiana
Adopted by Family in Carrollton, Georgia
11/4/05
Comments:  The inside of the house was ruined due to some sewage problems after the hurricane.  While staying at a hotel with friends our home was looted and damaged.  Thank you for all your help, may God continue to watch over all us us during these trying times.
Stephanie Family of 3
ID # 161

Mother - Age 28
Children - 2 girls 9 & 6
Originally from Hammond, Louisiana
Adopted by a Church in Stanley, Wisconsin  11/7/05 
Comments: A tree fell on our trailer causing damage to one of my daughters rooms so we went to my moms for a while. We are in a new trailer at this time but things are hard. We are together and out of harms way. It is hard to get back on track with 2 children and little income so any blessing is better than none. May God bless everyone affected by Katrina or Rita.
DeHarde Family of 3
ID # 162

Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 31
Children - 1 girl 2
Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in Moorestown, NJ
10/29/05

Comments: On Friday before the storm took the turn to us we were on a camping trip with friends in Hammond Louisiana. Saturday morning we found out about the storms turn and it was already too late to go home to get anything.  All we had was one bag of clothing for us. We went to stay with friends in Southaven Ms and a couple weeks ago got an apartment there.  A couple weeks ago my husband went home  to see the damage and well we still had about 3 feet of dry sewage and mud in our house. Nothing was able to be saved. Now we are trying to make ends meet with alot less income we had and the cost of living is a bit more here also. But we are trying hard to make this hard times easy for our 2 year old daughter. GOD BLESS YOU ALL you have no idea what wonderful angels you have become to so many of us.
Harness Family of 4
ID # 163

Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 21
Children - 2 girls 7 & 2
Originally from Jefferson, Louisiana

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia 11/14/05

Comments: We stayed during the storm  had to walk from Jefferson parish to New Orleans which is about 10 miles to the superdome for assistance. The night of the storm was a long and hot one, the next night we stayed in our apt. with no lights the insects ate our entire body up. we finally decided not to just set back and wait and we all walk to safety, thank God Please assist us with what ever. It's going to take us months to get our lives back together.
Glaser Family of 3
ID # 164

Mother - Age 40
Children - 2 girls 2 & 8
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Suffield, Connecticut 11/20/05

Comments: I was rescued by the Southern Baptist TN relief disaster team. I was brought to Huntingdon TN and set up at the Huntingdon housing area. I have become a member of the First Baptist Church in Huntingdon. I am volunteering by helping abused women and children. FEMA and Red Cross have done nothing to help relocate or get any financial assistance so and far. I just pray that God gives my little boy a great Christmas. We lost everything in the flood. That town was hit really hard and all the toys and clothes where lost. I would like a washer and dryer and would love a Sponge bob TV and Sponge bob DVD player for kids. Christmas is for the children. Thanks and God bless you this holiday season
Butler Family of 1
ID # 165

Female - Age 43
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by University of Santa Cruz Student Volunteer Connection in Santa Cruz, CA  11/22/05

Comments: I was airlifted from the roof of the Salvation Army in New Orleans. And flown by Army plane to Kelly Air Force base in san Antonio, TX. The apt I lived in in New Orleans was under about 6' foot of water and I lost everything I owned. I stayed in the Salvation Army about 5 days after Hurricane Katrina with no power, no working plumbing, barely any food, with the windows on one side of the building blown out by the wind. During the day, it was at least 90 degrees in the building: We finally were able to remove some of the windows after the storm was over to get some air inside the building.
Velasquez Family of 4
ID # 166

Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 50
Children - 1 boy 15 & 1 girl 7
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana
Adopted by Family in Shoreham, New York 11/05/05
Comments: We evacuated on the day before the hurricane, with my 2 cats in our small Camry, it took us 4 hrs to drive out of New Orleans and we stopped at a hotel for the night in Meridian Alabama.  We got to N.C. that Monday at 5:30 pm. We came here, because we were living pay check to pay check and couldn't afford a hotel room. My husband's friend offered us a room in his 2 bedroom house. We were there 2 wks and I could not take it any more. The house didn't have a shower, and only one bathroom, located in this man's bedroom. The house was dirty and my cats became sick, besides we were all 4 of us and 2 cats in one bedroom, sleeping on the floor. The red cross gave us vouchers for bedding, and some clothes, and then housing and food. The city gave us a house to live in when I informed them of our conditions. I knew I couldn't go back to my home, because of the garbage and mold, so I had to adjust to living here. So this is our home now, and we are beginning to adjust. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help that is offered.
Coleman Family of 5
ID # 167

Mother - Age 33
Father - Age 33
Children - 3 girls 11, 7 & 1
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in
Louisville, Kentucky 10/29/05

Comments: We evacuated the day before Katrina. I worked at a transitional housing facility in New Orleans that housed HIV/AIDS victims. I had to make sure all my clients were placed in safe places before I left, so we weren't able to leave until the very day before the Hurricane. There was so much traffic. Traveling with a one year old, 7 year old, and 11 year old, who had to "use it" every hour of the 17 hour trip was challenging. What I don't understand is how the so called "middle class" people can't get very much assistance. Yes, I think the government should look out for those who have nothing, don't get me wrong. But what about us? All my life, I've worked hard in school, working 2 jobs to pay my way through Grad school. My husband and I finally received our Master degrees and bought a house. Then KATRINA!! We have nothing. No jobs, no house to return to because of circumstances, We're too "educated" to need assistance (according to many of the government programs) and too poor to even purchase toys for Christmas at this point. We are caught up in the system unfortunately. In one day, we went from middle class to lower class. Our lives have changed, but we are still happy because we are one of the lucky ones to have not lost our children, mothers, fathers, or any immediate relatives!!! God blessed us!!!It would be so nice if I could give my 3 children a nice Christmas!! They are really good children. My oldest and youngest were both born on the same day--Valentines Day. And they are all a huge part of my heart! My middle child even told me--mom-don't worry about paying me allowance anymore...Keep it and put it in your piggy bank....
Williams Family of 4
ID # 168

Mother - Age 50
Son - Age 23
Children - 1 boy 7 & 1 girl 15
Originally from Prichard, Louisiana

Adopted by University of Santa Cruz Student Volunteer Connection in Santa Cruz, CA  11/22/05

Comments: My bed rooms were flooded, the refrigerator stopped working because of a power surge when the lights came back on and all the food spoiled. 
Lougue Family of 4
ID # 169

Mother - Age 28
Son - Age 29
Children - 2 boys 9, 5
Originally from Arabi, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in London, Ontario
11/08/05

Comments: From hotel to hotel to small apartment has been a very hectic and nerve racking experience. Just want a place for me and my family to call home!!!
Brown Family of 3
ID # 170

Mother - Age 37
Children - 1 boy 2 & 1 girl - 1
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in San Diego, California
11/08/05

Comments: I am a good friend of Earnest Brown. She doesn't know how to use a computer so I decided to put her and her children on the list with her permission. She and her children stayed threw Hurricane Katrina because she had  no money or car. She said it was the worst thing that has ever happened to her. She swam with her children to higher grown. She had to loot stores to feed her children and get diapers. No one came for 5 days to rescue her. She stayed at someone's apt. and had no water or lights. Then finally help came and brought her to a shelter. She is now staying at a drug and alcohol treatment center for women with children because she is a recovering alcoholic and addict. They have provided her with her own apartment there furnished and with food but, she will not be able to provide her children with a Christmas this year because she has lost everything and has to start over. It would be a miracle if someone can help them thank you and God bless you.
Linda Family of 2
ID # 171

Female - Age 39
Male - Age 37
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Ocean City, MD 11/24/05

Comments: We stayed in New Orleans through the storm. Our rental home was fine and we had no water in the house. The following day, the water began to rise in the street and we had to wade out to where our car was parked. We had to leave our pets behind because we could not carry them all. We ended up in Galveston, Texas for 3 weeks. At that point, we were hit with another mandatory evacuation. We had to drive 400 miles to the next closest available hotel in Eagle Pass, Texas. After a week, we made it closer to home, to New Braunfels, Texas. Finally, after 6 weeks in exile, we were allowed to come back into our zip code on October 2nd. We had heard many news reports that our part of town was mostly intact and did NOT flood. Much to our shock, we came home to find that a tidal wave had crashed through our front window and destroyed most of our belongings. About a week later, our landlord decided to throw out our remaining (some dry or repairable) belongings, which was against State law at the time. We are fortunate that 3 of our 4 pets have been returned to us, but I also lost my job due to the storm. We are still looking for a reasonably-priced apartment in which to live. FEMA has given us absolutely zero financial aid. It also turns out that my renter's insurance policy will not cover any of my losses. My boyfriend's hours at his job have been cut in half as well. Gift certificates to Wal-Mart or Eddie Bauer would be a tremendous help. Also, assistance in paying any of my $1,000 in veterinary bills would be a Godsend.
Ainsworth Family of 3
ID # 172
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 37
Children - 1 girl - 6
Originally from Picayune, Mississippi

Adopted by Family in
Clarence, New York 11/2/05

Comments:  The waters start rising early that Monday morning. It woke us up Myself and my daughter. so we went down the street where water wasn't and stayed with those people til finally three days later the main road was partially cleared . the whole time there was no good water no water to flush toilets no electric to cook with no stores open, bad smells. we ourselves had to live like complete animals! If I could have one wish I would wish to never never never go through that AGAIN!  I would like you to focus on my daughter who seems distant now and sometimes tell me she wants to go home.
Romero Family of 3
ID # 173
Mother - Age 23
Children - 1 boy - 1, 2 girls - 4 & 3
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana

Adopted by Family in Gilbert, Arizona
11/09/05

Comments:  We left a day before the hurricane. The father of my kids decided to stay behind, I was real upset that he made that decision. He stayed in Slidell, La  He later met us in Texas 1wk after. I was so happy we were together again so were our kids. We got our new apartment down here and 2 days after our son's 1st birthday he hung himself. It's been a real bad experience to come down here and lose him that way.  Thank you.  God Bless.
Sims Family of 1
ID # 174
Female - Age 35
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Gaithersburg, Maryland 11/15/05

Comments:  I lived in Gulfport, MS but stayed in pass Christian, MS during the hurricane because I didn't want to leave my mom and grandmother. We tried to evacuate but couldn't due to traffic. We were about 2 miles north of the beach and my apartment was 2 blocks north of the beach. Late Sunday night the winds were around 70 MPH and by early Monday morning 8/29/05 they were over 100MPH. The water was about 3 feet deep at that point, so we all went to the top floor of the townhouse we were staying in and within 1 hour the water level was up to our chest even though we were on the top floor. It was a 25-30 foot tidal surge. My mom and I tied ropes around us and dove in the water trying to reach a big piece of wood from the deck which had broken off so that we could possibly float on it if we had to jump out. The water began to go down about 2 hours later and continued to go down all the way, but it took about 7 hours. All of our cars and everything we owned, clothes, furniture and all of our personal items were destroyed. My apartment located in Gulfport was destroyed and my car has yet to be located. The next day a U.S. Army helicopter landed near by and asked if we were ok, he told us they would rescue us as soon as possible. We got out on Tuesday afternoon. I finally got a phone call out 5 days later and my Aunt drove down to Gulfport and brought me back to Monroe, La. I've been near ever since. I've been trying to find a way to get a car so I can find a job. As of now I have nothing. I have no money, clothes, car or a job. But I am blessed to have a roof over my head and to be alive, for that I am thankful.
Moorer Family of 4
ID # 175

Mother - Age 51
Children - 1 boy 13
Brother - Age 48
Female Cousin - 51
Originally from Prichard, Alabama
Comments:  It was terrible a tree fell on top of my house i left home and stay with my daughter and when I came back a tree was on top of my house but i thank the lord it could have been worse.
Norwood Family of 4
ID # 176

Mother - Age 31
Children - 1 boy 14, 2 girls 11 & 10
Originally from Prichard, Alabama

Adopted by a family in Ventura, CA 11/28/05

Comments:  We were going to stay at home until the water started coming under my front door and a tree then fell through my son bedroom and i then called the rescue squad to rescue me and my kids out of the house. By the time the they arrived water was about 4 feet deep. My house was destroyed by hurricane Katrina Me and my kids lost almost everything we had. It's hard right now for us, but with the help of God we will make through. The good thing about it my landlord said me and my will be back in our house before Christmas.  Me and my kids will appreciate anything we can get at this time and may god bless you and your family.
Glaser Family of 3
ID # 177
Mother - Age 40
Children - 1 boy - 2, 1 girl - 8
Originally from Slidell,
Louisiana

Adopted by the Students at Virginia Tech
in Blacksburg, Virginia
11/12/05

Comments:  I was rescued by the southern Baptist disaster relief group. I was brought to Huntingdon  TN where i joined the First Baptist Church in Huntingdon. at the time of hurricane katrina i was going thru a divorce with my ex husband and i had custody of our 2yr old son. my ex husband had visitation to our our son and decided not to bring him back. my ex husband left la and moved to Evansville in with our son. i remained in la and rode out katrina in St. Tammany Parish, Slidell la. i was scared and all alone with no one to turn to and no help from law enforcements. i moved to Huntingdon Tenn. and got a good lawyer where i was able to get back my son from my ex husband. i lost everything i owned in la. i pray that you will give my son a good Christmas i am single again and scared to be back on my own with just a small child. on top of things i cant get no help from the insurance agents and FEMA. my ex husband refuses to pay support for our son too. i pray a guardian angel will watch over my son and i. i do volunteer work to help others. please provide a good Christmas for my little ones.  God bless all that adopts the families and have a safe and wonderful holiday season .
Conner Family of 2
ID # 178
Female - Age 23
Male - Age 33
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana
Comments:  I don't really like talking about the evacuation or the way I served because it hurts every time Ii think about all the pain heartaches and the sleepless nights. I just thank GOD for people who do offer help and support to the victims.
Michaelson Family of 4
ID # 179
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 29
Children - 1 boy - 7, 1 girl - 2
Originally from Slidell,
Louisiana

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia 11/14/05

Comments: We left before the storm Hit and drove to Destin Florida. We tried to get back as close as we could to Louisiana and ended up in Alabama. We recently went back to see our home and what Katrina did not destroy, the salvageable things were stolen. We lost every single item we owned except the 3 outfits each we took with us.
Harness Family of 2
ID # 180
Mother - Age 22
Children - 1 girl - 8 months
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana
Adopted by Family in
Northwood, Ohio 11/8/05
Comments: ON MONDAY AUGUST 26,2005 HURRICANE KATRINA HIT ABOUT 12:00 IN THE MORNING. MY MOM, MY DAUGHTER, AND MYSELF WERE AT HOME BECAUSE WHEN HAD NO WAY TO LEAVE. THAT EVENING THE HURRICANE HAD PASSED BUT THE LEVEE HAD BROKEN AND WE DIDN'T KNOW DUE TO HAVING NO POWER. WHEN THE WATER STARTED RISING AND IT DIDN'T FLOOD FROM THE HURRICANE WE WERE NERVOUS. BY 5PM THE WATER HAD RISEN TO OUR 2 DOOR STEP, WE LEFT AND TRIED TO GO THE SUPERDOME BUT THE WATER WAS ALREADY TOO HIGH. WE SLEPT ON THE BRIDGE THAT NIGHT AND BY THE NEXT MORNING THE WATER WAS COMING UP THE BRIDGE. I HAD TO GO HOME BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER WITH AND ONLY BROUGHT TWO CANS OF SIMILIAC FOR MY DAUGHTER SO SHE NEEDED SOME MORE. I HAD TO GO BACK TO LET THE DOG INSIDE AND MAKE SURE THE DOORS WERE LOCK AND THAT WE HAD A LITTLE MONEY ON US, THEN WE LEFT. WE HAD TO WALK ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE WITH A 7 MONTH OLD BABY. WE SLEPT ON THE PORCH IN THE FISHER PROJECT CAUSE MY AUNTS HOUSE HAD NO AIR. WE WENT TO THE TERMINAL WHERE BUSES WERE PICKING THE EVACUEES WERE PICKED UP AND BROUGHT TO I-10 AND CAUSEWAY. AT THE TERMINAL SOME OF THE RESIDENTS OF NEW ORLEANS BROKE IN THE MALL AND THEN SET IT ON FIRE BUT WE COULDN'T MOVE OR ELSE YOU LOSE YOUR PLACE IN LINE. SO WE ARE INHALING THE SMOKE AND THEN THE POLICE PULL THEIR GUNS OUT THINKING SOMEONE IN THE CROWD DID IT. ONE OF THEIR GUNS WENT OFF BY MISTAKE AND THEY THOUGHT SOMEBODY IN THE CROWD WAS SHOOTING AT THEM AND DIDN'T WANT TO LET US GET ON THE BUS. AFTER MAYBE 45 MINUTES. THEY REALIZED IT WAS ONE OF THEIR GUNS SO THEY LET US ON THE BUS AND TOOK US TO THE I-10 CAUSEWAY. THEY LEFT US OUT THERE WITH MAYBE 500 PEOPLE OR MORE WANTING ON GREYHOUNDS TO PICK US UP. THEY GAVE US COTS AND HAD US SLEEP OUT THERE FOR MAYBE 4 HOURS THEN BUSES ARRIVED BUT THEY WERE SCHOOL BUSES. SCHOOL BUSES BROUGHT US FROM NEW ORLEANS TO DALLAS TEXAS IN A 14 HOUR DRIVE WITH NO AIR. BUT I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING. I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO HELPED US CAUSE THEY COULD HAVE LEFT US. SOME HAD NASTY ATTITUDES BUT GOD BLESS THEM TOO. THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Williams Family of 7
ID # 181
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 29
Children - 1 boy -12, 2 girls - 15,10
Sister - 25 & Nephew - 4
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by Spring in Atlanta, Georgia  12/05/05

Comments: We left the day before the Hurricane and was unable to return home until four days later. Our house was badly flooded and damaged. We had to move out because it was not livable, So now we are currently living in Georgia. We have relatives here that helped us until we got into our own place. Please help us have a very Merry Christmas!
Dominque Family of 4
ID # 182
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 24
Children - 1 boy - 6, 1 girls - 1
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana 

Adopted by the University of Mobile Student Government Association in Mobile, AL  11/22/05

Comments: We went to Mississippi and then to Baton Rouge and the to Atlanta we are now in Florida.
Fradella Family of 4
ID # 183
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 25
Children - 1 boy - 6, Baby boy due 11/7
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana 
Adopted by Family in
Baton Rough, Louisiana 11/4/05
Comments: On Aug. 27th my husband (common-law) and I along with our 6 yr. old son and our dog evacuated our Lakeview area home and headed to Hope, Arkansas where we had a hotel room booked for 3 nights. We left on a Saturday and expected to return by Tuesday, we watched CNN in horror as the chaos and disaster unfolded in our city. We remained hopeful until the 17th St. Canal and the London Ave. canal broke, as our home is situated between the two of them. We awaited word on the condition of our area and soon learned that our home was under 10 1/2 ft. of water. Our time in the hotel was expiring and we were almost out of money, so we spoke to some friends of ours from our neighborhood who had evacuated to Fort Payne, Al. and we decided to meet  them so that we could pool our monies together (as they were running out as well) and all get a hotel and food items together. After paying for a hotel for 2 weeks, my family and I moved into a hotel in the Desoto State Park, where FEMA was housing evacuees, and eventually they moved us into a log cabin so that we could have access to a refrigerator and stove. I am 9 months pregnant and we were becoming very anxious about finding a more permanent housing solution, when a woman donated a house to us rent free and that is where we are today. My second son is due any day and because my husband is unable to find employment. I do not drive and will need him here with me when I go into labor as we are in the mountains with no family or friends. However, we are extremely grateful to have a place to lay our heads and to bring our new son home to.
Melerine Family of 3
ID # 184
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 26
Children - 1 girl - 3
Originally from Chalmette,
Louisiana 
Adopted by a Family in Lakeland, FL
 11/1/05
Comments: The day before Katrina hit we left to go to Memphis. We only brought a few sets of clothes each, and some toys for Hayley. We couldn't bring alot because we were car pooling with my mother in law, and we didn't think the storm would be as bad as what it was. The day after the storm we saw the devastation that Katrina left and for a week we stayed in a hotel in Memphis. We were running out of money so we had to go to my wife's grandfathers  in Tampa. A month after the storm, my aunt and uncle went to see the damages that Katrina left behind. I lived  in St Bernard Parish which in the eye of the hurricanes path. My house had 15 feet of water in it. My aunt, mom, brother in law, and mother in law all lived about a minute from each other, they all got about 9 feet of water.
Risper Family of 5
ID # 185
Mother - Age 24
Children - 2 girls - 5, 1
Sister - 25 Brother - 26
Originally from Prichard, Alabama 

Adopted by REAL Creations, Inc. in
High Point, North Carolina  12/13/05

Comments: PART OF MY ROOF WAS ON THE GROUND, THE REFRIGERATOR WENT COMPLETELY OUT, THE PLUMBING BACKED UP, THE HOUSE WAS FLOODED, WATER EVERYWHERE. MY FURNITURE WAS RUINED, AND BECAUSE I THREW EVERYTHING OUT WITHOUT TAKING PICTURES I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH HELP REPLACING THEM. I ALSO HAD 3 BROKEN WINDOWS. THIS WAS THE WORST EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD TO GO THROUGH I DON'T KNOW IF I WILL BE BACK HOME BY CHRISTMAS THEY ARE FIXING ON MY HOUSE NOW AND DON'T KNOW WHEN THEY WILL BE THROUGH I HOPE AND PREY THEY BE THROUGH BEFORE CHRISTMAS BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS AT HOME.
Weiskopf Family of 3
ID # 186
Mother - Age 51
Father - Age 50
Children - 1 girl - 21
Originally from Braithwaite, Louisiana 
Comments: Evacuated Sunday before the storm to Mississippi then a week after to Texas.
Webster Family of 3
ID # 187
Mother - Age 29
Children - 1 boy 2, 1 girl - 8
Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana

Adopted by Purdue University
Harrison Hall
in West Lafayette, Indiana
11/13/05

Comments: Evacuated to Texas Saturday before Katrina.
Miles Family of 2
ID # 188
Mother - Age 24
Children - 1 girl - 5
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a Business in Saltillo, Mississippi 11/8/05

Comments: We were picked up by helicopter on the roof of our home Thursday after the storm and were  dropped off at the Convention Center. We were picked up by bus Sunday and were sent to Lafayette La, and stayed in a shelter called the Cajun Dome for a month before we moved to California where we are now. I appreciate any help to make my daughter have a good Christmas
Rogers Family of 7
ID # 189
Mother - Age 26
Children - 4 boys - 6, 5, 4, 2, 1 girl - 1
Grandmother - 43
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park, Illinois  11/08/05

Comments: We were picked up by helicopter on the roof of our home on Thursday and were then dropped off at the Convention Center where we waited until Sunday for busses to come pick us up. My 2 younger kids and I were put on a bus going to Houston and my mother and my 3 older kids were put on a bus going to Lafayette La. And we didn't know till the busses were in motion that we were going to separate cities. I asked to be taken off to be with my other kids the driver told me no and sit down before he leaves me and my kids in New Orleans. I was very scared I thought I would never see my other kids or my mother again.  I had to be strong for my babies because they were very scared and sick. My mother and I and my kids were later reunited in Lafayette La, where we stayed in the Cajun Dome for a month until the USDA sent us to California where we are now. I am a single mother of five so any help I receive will be greatly appreciated.
Miles Family of 6
ID # 190
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 36
Children - 3 girls - 13, 6, 2
Nephew - Age 21
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Los Angeles, CA 11/23/05

Comments: We left our home by boat Tuesday morning. We were told to go to the Superdome and would receive food and water, but that was not true. My daughters were very dehydrated. We stayed in the Superdome where men were raping kids I was very scared. My daughters, my husband and I huddled around our kids and we took turns staying up watching them. We were then told to go outside where buses were waiting for us. We all managed to get on the same bus and were brought to the Cajun Dome and we stayed there until we moved to St. Martinsville LA. Thank you so much for your support.
Gaines Family of 4
ID # 191
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 38
Children - 1 boy - 10, 1 girl - 22
Originally from Port Sulphur, Louisiana

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia 11/14/05

Comments: Our evacuation experience was and still is unreal we never thought we would loose everything. You live somewhere all your life and you think your going to raise your family there, then in the blink of and eye it's all gone, Our family life will forever be changed but I look at it from Gods point of view this is where he wanted us to in this point and time he will look out for us .HE looks out for his own. May god bless you
Alexis Family of 5
ID # 192
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 31
Children - 1 boy - 1, 2 girls - 7, 1
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Minnesota 11/28/05

Comments: Living in a hotel 2 weeks and coming home to find you have a lot of damage to your roof and having to replace a lot of things.
Cooper Family of 4
ID # 193
Mother - Age 50
Children - 1 boy - 6, 2 girls - 13, 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
South Berwick, Maine  11/18/05

Comments: We moved from New Orleans to Tennessee due to the hurricane and it is too much to relocate back to New Orleans so we will remain in Tennessee. We have applied for housing and are just waiting for a place now.
Davis Family of 8
ID # 194
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 42
Children - 2 boys - 9, 3, 4 girls - 11,7,4,7 months
Originally from St. Bernard, Louisiana

Adopted by AA & D Organization in Exeter, New Hampshire 11/2/05

Comments: We left  Saturday before the hurricane hit, heading for Baton Rouge where my brother, wife and four children lived. What normally was a 1-2 hr ride took 8 hours. Along the way we picked up my husband's uncle and mother. We all stayed with my brother Jarrod. My mom, sister and her boyfriend were all coming too. In total there were17 people living in a three bedroom apartment for about 23 wks, until the Red Cross paid for a motel for me, husband, our kids, mother-in-law and uncle at the Vel Rose Motel. I think everyone who helping hand a complete stranger has a really big heart and should be blessed with great magnitude. Thank you all so very much. We love you.
McCallon Family of 3
ID # 195
Mother - Age 23
Children - 2 boys - 4, 2
Originally from Port Sulphur, Louisiana 

Adopted by Family in
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 11/09/05

Comments: My evacuation experience were not so good. First of all I live with my mother, three other sisters and my two sons. When it was time for me to evacuate we couldn't pack much because all we had was a small car. In this process my car seat for my children were left behind. We traveled to Lake Charles near my sister when the hurricane hit. While watching the news during the storm we realized the damage that had occurred in our parish. The river rose over the levees covering everything around it. The gulf has claimed our town. When the water was pumped out we were left homeless. When we found that we were not able to live at our previous location, my mom rented an apartment. Three weeks later hurricane Rita was coming and we had to evacuating again. This time to Alabama with  three in a motel. Lake Charles had some damage. Our apartment complex had  extensive damage. Roofs started leaking, water spots on the walls, and the growth of mold. We had to move back with my sister. Her house was damaged slightly. Thanks to some FEMA funds, we decided to put our money together to repair her roof so we could stay until the apartment repairs were completed.
Jones Family of 1
ID # 196
Female - Age 47
Originally from Port Harvey, Louisiana 

Adopted by a Family in Spring, Texas
11/1/05

Comments: It was horrible water everywhere. I really need household items.
Davidson Family of 4
ID # 197
Mother - Age 25
Children - 2 boys - 8,7 - 1 girl - 5
Originally from Covington, Louisiana

Adopted by St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park, Illinois  11/08/05

Comments: We lost everything. My best friend sent for me and my kids to come live with her until we were able to find housing, which has been a process, but now her roommate is wanting to put us out so I'm living in a motel until I find housing. This is a temp address, I will update it when i have my permanent home
S. Jones Family of 6
ID # 198
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age - 29
Children - 1 boy - 7 - 1 girl - 9 Months
Niece - 21 (with baby due Dec.) & Nephew - 2
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana 

Adopted by a Family in Portland, OR
 11/1/05
Comments: I left New Orleans on the Sunday before the Storm. To avoid spending too much on gas, we left our car and rode with my sister and brother-in-law to Texas. We went to Houston thinking that we would be returning in a few days. My husband's sister ended up having 10 people staying not including her and her 2 children. My family separated and my older sister, mom, brother-in-law, and niece went to stay with her son in another part of Houston. I had alot of trouble getting to the Social Services offices because I had no form of transportation --- my sister-in-law lived off of the bus line. When we realized that we wouldn't be able to return to New Orleans we were in complete shock. I have never felt so completely helpless. The worst part was explaining to my 7 year old that he would not be going back to his schools, his friend, or the place he's called home.I did not like being in Houston so we decided to try and make it to Atlanta. I knew it had to be soon because Khalil had already missed 2 weeks of school. We all couldn't afford to catch a plane so my mom and daughter got a flight and my husband, son, and I drove back to New Orleans to access the damage before we made our way to Atlanta. I cannot describe the devastation that we saw or the distress we felt as we rode through the pitch black streets, I only know I never want to feel or see that again. Due to the curfew, we had to spend the night in the moldy house because it was too hot in the truck for my son to sleep comfortably. In the morning, I gathered up some pictures, clothing, and vital papers and packed them into the truck. I washed my son off with bottled water and we all said goodbye to New Orleans. I am now in Atlanta and we are getting by. We were able to get out of the hotel into an apartment and that was a major accomplishment for us. I am still not working and my husband's unemployment is what we use to pay the rent and utilities... I don't know how long that will last but at least we're alive and together. I invited my niece to stay with us because she is pregnant and I want her to feel loved and wanted. I will never again take things for granted and in some ways Katrina has given me a stronger and more tough skin than I ever thought I had. Any help that can be offered would mean a great deal to us. Thank You!
Muse Family of 5
ID # 199
Mother - Age 43
Children - 1 boy - 27 - 1 girl - 20
Grandson - Age 2
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
League City, Texas  12/12/05

 
Kimble Family of 5
ID # 200
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 24
Children - 3 boys
- 20,18,14 - 1 girl - 15
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia 11/14/05

Comments: This is the most horrible experience of my life. I can't explain to you in detail, because it brings tears to not only my eyes but to my heart also. This whole situation is so devastating and stressful. I can't imagine anyone else having to experience this ever again in life. I would like to thank everyone for everything. "especially your prayers"
Corner Family of 4
ID # 201
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 42
Children - 2 boys
- 7,4
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Adopted by Family in Brooklyn, New York
11/2/05
 
Comments: It was very devastating and very detrimental to the kids and all my family was a traumatic experience. If anyone could help with Christmas for my kids I would love it they think Santa will not come see them since we moved please help us god bless.
Vallery Family of 4
ID # 202
Mother - Age 27
Children - 1 boy
- 2 - 1 girl - 13
Grandmother - Age 55
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park, Illinois  11/08/05

Comments: WE WERE FLOWN ON A PLANE TO CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS. ME AND MY TWO KIDS AND MY MOM. WE WERE JUST SO HAPPY TO BE RESCUED. WE WERE IN THE CONVENTION CENTER FOR FOUR DAYS. AND THAT ONE OF THE WORST EXPERIENCES IN MY LIFE. IM STILL HAVING NIGHTMARES. IM JUST GRATEFUL AND GIVE THANKS TO GOD TO BE ALIVE ME AND MY FAMILY.
Cavalier Family of 5
ID # 203
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 32
Children - 3 girls - 10, 9, 4
Originally from Terrytown, Louisiana 

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia 11/14/05

Comments: There is now 2 months of an evacuation story but not nearly enough space to write everything that we have been going through. This is the first hurricane that my family and I have ever been affected by so it has definitely been an experience. We originally evacuated to a hotel in Alexandria, LA for 3 days and we could not extend our stay any additional nights because they were booked. Needless to say everything was booked all the way to Texas. We then moved into a 2BR/1BA house in Alexandria, LA with 4 strangers and there was 8 of us (a long story)! We stayed there for about a week. Feeling very awkward and uncomfortable I contacted some family members and wanted to meet up and stay with them in Houston but they were leaving and going to the Dallas/Fort Worth area so they asked that we come meet them. We headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and stayed with 2 more strangers that we have never met before (another long story). However, they helped us find an apartment that we are in now and everyone we have encountered here has been very friendly and very helpful. I am presently still in Texas with my 3 girls but my husband went back to New Orleans about 2 weeks after the storm to return to work and clean up and repair our home for us to return. We are hoping to go home mid-December. The hardest part for all of us, especially the kids is being separated from their dad. We are a very close family and have never been torn apart from each other like this. Although we are very thankful and very lucky that we do all still have each other it has definitely taken its toll on us all. Through this whole experience I have learned to live each day to its fullest because you never know what tomorrow brings and to love like you have never loved before!
Kretzmann Family of 2
ID # 204
Father - Age 31
Children - 1 boy - 8 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Adopted by Family in Brooklyn, New York
11/2/05
 
Comments: We stayed in town and got out about 2 days after the storm. We lived in shelters for a month or so then came to Arkansas where we lived in a hotel until this townhouse opened up. I'm still looking for work and I just want my son to have a good Christmas while we are in this transition.
Lawrence Family of 6
ID # 205
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 34
Children - 2 boys - 5, 3 - 1 girl - 1
Cousin - Male Age 20 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park, Illinois  11/08/05

Comments: My family and I had just moved to the New Orleans area approximately three weeks before the disaster occurred. The people with whom we were staying go their whole house got flooded. We had no other choice but to move to Eufaula Alabama with my mother in a two bedroom apartment. There are eight people in a two bedroom. My family and I have to sleep on the floor. Pease help us?
Khumdee Family of 6
ID # 206
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 37
Children - 1 boy - 13 - 3 girls - 17, 15, 6
Originally from Denham Springs, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Indianapolis IN 11/28/05

Comments: Left during hurricane with trees & power lines on roads went to my dad's. We were also evicted right after the hurricane. May God bless anyone who can help my family!!!
Burlile Family of 1
ID # 207
Female - Age 46
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Starkville, Mississippi 11/15/05

Comments: I can only describe my experience as a night mare. I began my day just like any other and the hurricane began with the winds and waves 31 feet high right before me as I sat at the Hard Rock, watching the hurricane destroy everything that was not nailed down, when the floods began, I thought this can't be really happening but right before me, I saw houses, bodies, and personal things flying in the air and bodies hanging from trees. When the water started to go down I was taken to a Red Cross shelter at Skate Park in Gulfport, where I stayed for 2 weeks until I was relocated to Corbin Ky. I went back to my house a number of times trying to find my parrot Oliver. on September 29 he was found but died two weeks later from drinking toxic water, I miss him dearly. I still can not believe my house is gone, I can't believe all my hard work and dreams drifted away in the blink of an eye. I guess you would have to stand in my shoes to really understand what it is like to lose everything and to be told you need to start over. I can be honest and say I feel lost because FEMA tells me that it was the flood that took my house so the insurance will not pay one cent. Because I had insurance FEMA would not give one cent either until they made a decision. They did they say it was the flood and I had everything but flood insurance. FEMA nor Red Cross has given me one cent. I have had to live on my last pay check until this past week-end when the money ran out. I just began a new job. It has been hard, but I will make it. I will never forget this experience as long as I live. I still want to believe I can have the life back I once had but it is gone. I feel very sad and defeated, but no matter how many walls stand before me I will get through them and I will press on and get through this. I am single but I have lost just like many of my neighbors, grieve the same. I am trying to rebuild my life and I know everyone is behind me encouraging me and praying. I feel so grateful to have so many prayers and blessings brought my way. I would like to thank everyone at the First United Methodist Church for opening your hearts and home to each of us who lost our homes, your love, prayer and kindness is beyond my thanks for all you've done for me.
Gilstrap Family of 2
ID # 208
Mother - Age 34
Children - 1 girl - 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a Family in Manchester, CT
 11/1/05

Comments: We moved into our new place in the 9th ward two weeks before the storm. Elizabeth started her new school at the Performing and Visual Arts Gifted Elementary in the French Quarter, attending with her best friend and my boyfriend's son. Her cat gave birth to three kittens on Tuesday. Friday night I went to bed safe in the knowledge that the new hurricane, Katrina, would make a sharp turn to the right, and hit the Florida panhandle, and fizzle out. I'd been addicted to the NWS hurricane prediction site all summer, and had been accurate within 50 miles of landfall all that time, including Hurricane Cindy, which knocked my new school, Delgado, out of power for 3 days, among other things. Saturday morning my daughter's best friend's mother called me at 7:00 a.m. asking "what are you going to do?" My answer was "I'm taking the kids to the library today, do you need me to take Katy early?" She said, "Oh, you probably don't know. Turn on the news" And...holy cow! I was wrong this time; it was headed straight for us. Problem is, her car had just broken down. My boyfriend's car had thrown a tie-rod, and I had just sold my Jeep to do the college (nursing school) on a bike thing, which one can do in New Orleans. So, we all figured that we'd go to her house which was on higher ground (closer to the quarter) than my boyfriend or my house. That's what I packed for: shorts, a hatchet, a hammer, some wet-wipes, and food. I fell asleep at 4:00 a.m., after watching the storm jump from a cat. 2 to a 4 in 20 min. By the time I woke up, it was a cat. 5, and we all wanted to leave. So, her boyfriend's mother borrowed a van from her work (ironically, a New Orleans Ghost Tour Van), and we took off on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. It took us until 12:30 to get halfway across the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain. Then my boyfriend who hadn't answered his door earlier, called asking where we were. And it was too late to turn around for him (enough about him, he's now stuck far from me in Arkansas, after weathering the storm with his 8 year old ADHD son, wondering if we can even see each other for holidays.) We (7 of us in a mini van with one backpack and a pillow each) spent the 13 hour drive to Jackson, Mississippi to a cousin's house. Katrina hit Jackson as a category 2. We took pictures, and stayed glued to CNN, as we would for weeks later. After Jackson, my friend's boyfriend's mother decided we should go to Jena, LA to stay with her mother for a while. I've now been adopted by them. My daughter was picked up by friends to go to Houston and stay with my best friend of 12 years. I stayed with my new family in Jena, as we plotted our return to New Orleans to rescue the pets. Eventually, we did save my cat and her kittens. They had been in my house without food or water for 10 days at that point, so her milk was dried up and I had to feed the kittens with formula for a few days. But I had to return my daughter's kitten to her before I could face her again. We were living in my best friend's living room on bunk beds. E. was in school, and we were trying to make life as normal as possible. Then, Rita struck, we evacuated Houston. That's a long story about being a double evacuee and the emotional stress of such. But whatever, soon after that, I was contacted by friends who had managed to "secure" a family adoption site from the City. It's unfortunate that many of the monetary based help has not been forthcoming. Anyway, here I am in Farmington CT after spending the last of my cash on a van to move our minimum of stuff up here (because no one will admit to being up to date on discount rates) and wondering if I was actually able to stay in one place for a month. Will I? I guess it depends on how much patience and good will. Any help you can procure will be handsomely rewarded, even for the other less computer literate than I.
Nicole Family of 4
ID # 209
Mother - Age 33
Father - Age 35
Children - 1 boy - 14 - 1 girls - 16 months
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Southaven, Mississippi  12/07/05

Comments: We were able to evacuate the day before the storm to Mississippi to a family members home. When the storm hit in our area of Tylertown Ms, two of my family members lost there trailer homes and we lost part of our roof. We were without water, lights and gas for cooking/traveling for 6 days. During the day we would gather wood from downed trees and use it to cook on a BBQ grill out side.
Tinkler Family of 4
ID # 210
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 30
Children - 2 boys - 9, 2
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
St. Peters, Missouri 11/14/05

Comments: We stayed in the hurricane Katrina and had no food or water for 4 days. The national guard told my husband if he helped pick up bodies they would help us get out of there but they never helped. We had no water until the Thursday after the storm and food did not come until that Saturday. We ended up getting a ride from a man that was going to Florida. He took us to the pan handle and my mother in law came and got us and took us to Daytona. Then I had to go back to Mississippi for FEMA and they never showed up so we came to Michigan. We are trying to find help from FEMA and jobs and housing. My husband is really looking for work. We are looking for our own place hopefully we will have one before Christmas.
Tina Family of 3
ID # 211
Mother - Age 39
Children - 1 boy - 13 - 1 girl - 7
Originally from Diberville, Mississippi
Adopted by Family in
Dover, Delaware 11/3/05
 
Comments: I WILL GIVE OTHER INFORMATION IF SOMEBODY CALLS FOR OUR FAMILY. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
Andrews Family of 5
ID # 212
Mother - Age 44
Father - Age 48
Children - 1 boy - 13 - 2 girls - 7, 19
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Adopted by Family in
Youngstown, Ohio 11/6/05
 
Comments: We were in Biloxi when the storm hit.  We tried to go home to get some things but were detoured to Jackson.  We then went to Baton Rouge but could find no where to stay.  We are currently in Texas in a motel room with very little clothing. Our rental home had lots of water damage and is unlivable.
Moore Family of 2
ID # 213
Mother - Age 21
Children - 1 boy - 2 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Adopted by a Family in Roswell, Georgia  11/7/05
Comments: Evacuated before the storm to a hotel in Dallas.  From there moved to an apartment in Dallas.  Would appreciate any help anyone can provide.
Glapion Family of 4
ID # 214
Mother - Age 34
Children - 1 boy - 9
Brother - Age 46
Grandfather - Age 70 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Tequesta, FL 11/24/05

Comments: Lived in East New Orleans, both my home and my father's home were totally destroyed.  My brother fell while trying to evacuate and was later found in a bathroom in a Texarkana shelter in a coma. He is paralyzed on his right side but is now in a hospital and in therapy.  I can't leave my brother to go back to Louisiana.  What I need most now is a job, a winter coat and beds.  We are still sleeping on an air mattress.  
Reed Family of 6
ID # 215
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 33
Children - 2 boys - 12, 7 - 2 girls - 5, 3 
Originally from Belle Chasse, Louisiana 

Adopted by Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia 11/14/05

Comments: I was forced to evacuate with my family on August 28, 2005 due to hurricane katrina. The day of my two little girls birthday party. Sorry I tear up knowing I cant give them their party. They ask everyday ,"Dad when are we gonna have our party?" but anyway we are now living in Shreveport and neither one of us has a job and we depend on what little unemployment we receive. well I don't know what else to say. but if you cannot help us in anyway just pray for us.
Larce Family of 4
ID # 216
Mother - Age 37
Children - 2 boys - 10, 2
Grandmother - Age 64 
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana 

Adopted by the University of Mobile Student Government Association of Mobile, AL  11/22/05

Comments: I evacuated Thursday prior to RITA, and arrived in Ruston, Louisiana Friday morning at approximately 4am. Ruston is a 5 hour drive that took me almost 22 hours. My vehicle was running bad and it had no air conditioner so I burned up with no space in the vehicle. We checked into a shelter there because there were NO hotels and that was an experience in itself. We watched the storm all night on CNN however as I watched Dr. Gutpa lose power to his feed and I saw fire. I only imaged and cried over and over, because the unknown great. I do not know where we will have Christmas yet, because we cannot stay in the home and the repairs can take up to 18 months. I would like to thank you in advance for your consideration. Last year I adopted families and now this year it is my family that needs the adoption.
Arnold/Longo Family of 8
ID # 217
Mother - Age 31
Mother - Age 29
Children - 2 boys - 8, 4 - 4 girls - 7,6,4,2 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a Family in Jersey City, New Jersey  11/7/05 

Comments: It was very scary, my children were crying, we had no food and did not know how we were going to get out. I had six kids, 2 adults, no water, or clothes to put on them. Because hurricane KATRINA blew out the windows in their bedroom it left water all over the beds, toys and clothes. There was no hope of saving anything. But the good lord was watching out for us and we made it thru alive. If you can help my family we will truly be blessed. Thank you from the ARNOLD'S & LONGO"S FAMILY. I known Christmas is a hard time for a lot of people so I will pray for everyone to have a beautiful safe and blessed one.
Sampey Family of 2
ID # 218
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 36
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Andover, Massachusetts  12/07/05

Comments: We were in the area until 9 days after the storm. We had to scavenge for food and water from looted stores. On the 8th day water and ice were given out. On the 9th day a US Customs helicopter flew us to Armstrong Airport. We were flown to Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta where we were put on buses to a shelter in Eatonton, GA. At the shelter we were lined up and treated fairly but almost like a jail. We weren't able to get to stores or get much help acquiring ID's etc. After about 9 days there a preacher helped us to get moved to Macon, GA since the Mayor here was "helping". We have been in a hotel for over a month and was recently put in an apartment. I am living with only a mattress and few items bought at goodwill to be able to cook. We have not located jobs. FEMA dropped us from the system so we haven't gotten any rental assistance. It has been a problem. We are unsure how to pay our utilities and get assistance other than the few resources we tapped out. We don't qualify for help from DFAC because we have no children and are frustrated because that shouldn't matter in this situation.
Magee Family of 4
ID # 219
Mother - Age 29
Children - 2 boys - 6, 4 - 1 girl - 4 
Originally from Belle Chasse, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
LaPlata, Maryland  11/14/05

Comments: I stayed in a shelter in Mississippi and returned home 3 weeks later to find water in my home. Computer, kids toys and clothes were molded. I lost my job and I am unable to pay bills to live in my home. I am living with a friend until I can get on my feet. Any help will be a great help I want my children to have Christmas but I have no way to make it happen. They have been very sad through all of this and I want them to have a Christmas and hope that things will get better for them.
Johnson Family of 3
ID # 220
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 boys - 5 - 1 girl - 10 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in East Stroudsburg, PA  11/22/05

Comments: I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY THING FROM FEMA! IT IS REALLY HARD TO GET THINGS SITUATED IN THE STATE OF TX.
Bergeron Family of 5
ID # 221
Mother - Age 42
Father -  Age 46
Children - 2 girls - 11, 16
Grandmother - Age 66 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Georgetown, TX 11/27/05

Comments: Less than 24 hours to evacuate. We drove to Houston, Texas. We didn't reserve the room long enough and  had to leave the day Katrina hit. We tried to get back to our animals but at that time the police said Jefferson Parish was under water. We cried alot. Our hearts were broken. We found a place to rent in Rayne, La. however we had to evacuate again for Rita. My car was hit twice, we couldn't stop, we had to just keep going, We were able to get back to our home, A large tree hit the house. Now we have mold growing inside the kitchen. We have Allstate Ins. and to date they have not sent us money to fix the roof damage. I/we pray we never have to go through this again. My Children were promised new beds and dressers for Christmas. If any thing you can do, just help my children. My husband and I can do without.
Saujon Family of 4
ID # 222
Mother - Age 24
Father -  Age 24
Children - 2 girls - 3, 2
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by a Family in Fairfax Station, Virginia 11/10/05

Comments: My husband and I left the night before the Hurricane expecting this to be another false alarm. After seeing the images on TV, we knew it was bad. When we returned home, we found everything we had worked so hard for completely destroyed. My little girl has had alot of trouble dealing with this and forgetting about it, and we just want to be semi-normal again. When will they pick up the bodies and trash? When can we go home? Please...any help to make this holiday slightly normal would be greatly appreciated!
Campbell Family of 6
ID # 223
Mother - Age 42
Children - 1 boy - 14, 4 girls - 13,11,9,8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by Hasbrouck Heights High School Student Council in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 11/28/05

Comments: I actually left New Orleans before the hurricane came so I was one of the fortunate ones but my other family members stayed behind. I'm going to make Seattle my home staying with family now as I have nothing to go back to. I was living with my family then so this was a fresh start. If you can help thanks, if not thanks any way.
Kelley Family of 2
ID # 224
Mother - Age 46
Children - 1 girl - 11
Originally from May St. Louis, Mississippi 
Adopted by a Family in Chicago, Illinois   11/7/05 
Comments: We evacuated one day before the storm and fled to Meridian Miss coming back home two days later to nothing. Our home had been completely washed away. We then camped out for two weeks. While doing this my daughter and I assisted with various agencies and people making food drops to sites and various shelters. Currently we are in a FEMA trailer displaced out of our county but doing well and getting on our feet, thanks to many!
Burke Family of 4
ID # 225
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 28
Children - 1 boy - 2 months - 1 girl - 11 months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a Family in Austin, Texas
11/08/05

Comments: From WREG News Channel 3
http://www.wreg.com/global/story.asp?s=3826929 
Pregnant New Orleans woman wades through high water to give birth
BATON ROUGE, La. A pregnant New Orleans woman who began to experience contractions shortly after Hurricane Katrina says she didn't have time to think about anything.  Bunne (BUH'-nee) Burke says to get out of the city she had to wade through three-foot-high water while carrying her nine-month-old daughter.  Burke was air-lifted to Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, where she prematurely gave birth to her second child, a boy. Her husband stayed behind in New Orleans, stranded by the rising water.  Woman's Hospital has become a sanctuary for babies, coordinating the transfer of 121 infants from flooded hospitals in New Orleans. All are said to be doing well.
Johnson Family of 4
ID # 226
Mother - Age 38
Son - Age 24
Children - 2 girls - 11, 13
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by University of California Santa Cruz Student Volunteer Connection in Santa Cruz, CA  11/22/05

Comments: We were to late to leave Louisiana so we went to a motel until the hurricane passed. We  thought we was going to die and when the storm stopped we tried to go back home but the way was blocked by trees. When we got home we had no water no lights or  food. It was so hot every thing in my house was gone or wet. The roof came off and it rained in my house. We went to a shelter and about a week later the lights came back, We went home to find out there was no food anywhere and when FEMA told us my house was unsafe and we have to move. That is when my fiancée said we will move to Maine where he is from to be safe. I really need help with Christmas. My kids lost every thing and not to have a good Christmas would really get to them......
Jones Family of 6
ID # 227
Mother - Age 39
Father - Age 44
Children - 1 boy - 10, 3 girls - 8, 16, 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a member of the United States Air Force in
Sumter, South Carolina  12/08/05

Comments: I had to leave my husband behind and drove more than 15 hours to Houston. We had nine family members in the van. we lost all three cars. I drove with my left foot because I had a medical boot using a wheelchair.
Lizana Family of 6
ID # 228
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 24
Children - 1 boy - 2, 2 girls - 9 & 3 months
Originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi 

Adopted by a Family in San Leandro, California 11/10/05

Comments: My family and I stayed in MS during hurricane katrina with relatives. It was very scary this was my sister and myself first hurricane. the house that myself and my fiancé and baby daughter were staying in, the roof started coming off and the house was flooding so my uncle had to pack my family and his wife and daughter up in his suburban and drive across a field to one of our other cousins house that had no damage to it in the middle of the storm. The wind was blowing very hard and because it was a grassy field he had to go very fast so he would not get bogged down. I think this was the most horrible part of the hurricane for me until after the hurricane and i went back to my house and seen the devastation of my town of Pass Christian,  MS
Walker Family of 7
ID # 229
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 32
Children - 2 boy - 11, 10
3 girls - 2, 2 & 1 week
Originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in Alpine, CA 11/26/05

Comments: My family stayed in our church during the storm. Aware that the storm was severe but unable to receive any type of storm coverage, we waited until the storm had ended and decided to leave as soon as possible. Due to the fact that my home, my mothers home, and my sisters home was destroyed we have all had to relocate to new areas.  Thank you for your kindness.
Richardson Family of 4
ID # 230
Mother - Age 23
Father - Age 26
Children - 1 boy - 3 months; 1 girl - 2
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Metairie, Louisiana 11/12/05

Comments: I drove my family out of MS to avoid the hurricane. We lost everything, including our home. We have moved into an apartment in CO. We love our new place, but we still have a far way to go.  We are in dire need of heavy winter clothing. Especially for our daughter. Thank you
Merual Family of 5
ID # 231
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 27
Children - 1 boy - 3; 2 girls - 7 & 5
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by two families in
Kansas City, Kansas  12/09/05

Comments: It was very scary that all i have to say.
Joseph Family of 3
ID # 232
Mother - Age 26
Children - 1 boy - 6
1 brother - Age 29
Originally from River Ridge, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Knoxville, Tennessee 11/11/05

Comments: My family and I decided to stay for the storm. We were fortunate enough to get a hotel room. A few hours into the storm the hotel roof caved in, we were all unharmed, after 2 days of being stuck in the city my family decided to separate, and meet up in Houston later, but that never happened. When my son and I reached Houston we were not able to find anybody, and since cell phones were not working I could not get in touch with anyone either. After a week of sleeping in a shelter I received a text message from my brother who was in Dallas, so my son and I made it to Dallas. After a few weeks we found my mother in Houston, but my brother and I have decided to stay in Dallas. We are finally out of a hotel and in a apartment, but we lack alot of things to make it a Merry Christmas for my 6 year old, who has no idea what is going on.
Williams Family of 3
ID # 233
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 28
Children - 1 girl - 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by River Region Emergency Department & Business Office in Vicksburg, Mississippi 11/15/05

Comments: My husband was in charity hospital diagnosed with Chrones, and was sick though the whole ordeal.  If you can help with anything, it will be highly appreciated.
Garcia Family of 9
ID # 234
Grandmother - Age 56
Mother - Age 29
Children - 2 boys - 11 & 7;
3 girls - 9, 5, & 4
Brother - Age 33
Brother-in-law - Age 34
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: We evacuated just before the storm in the horrible traffic, my home was in eastern New Orleans and we knew we had to get out! We went to my daughter's small 3 bedroom house where she had 5 kids of her own, and where 30 PEOPLE & 2 DOGS eventually came and lived for over 2 weeks, eventually reestablishing themselves. Out of the 30 people there, only three homes were saved; I lost everything. I am hoping that I can be adopted along with my daughter and her family who had the patience to take so many people into their home and my son who lived with me and lost everything as well.  Thank You and God Bless all those affected!
Lee Family of 6
ID # 235
Mother - Age 26
2 Sisters - 20 & 17
Female Cousin - 23
Children - 1 boy - 4, 1 girl - 1
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Huntington Beach, California  12/13/05

Comments: AUGUST 29, 2005 I HAD TO REPORT TO WORK. I WORK FOR THE NEW ORLEANS SHERIFFS DEPT. I WAS TOLD THAT MORNING IT WAS MANDATORY. NOT TAKING THE HURRICANE SERIOUSLY I ONLY BOUGHT WITH ME 2 DAYS OF CLOTHING WHICH WAS NOT ENOUGH. THAT NOT THE POWER WENT OUT THE GENERATOR BLEW. AND ALL 1,500 OF THE INMATES WERE ANGRY CAUSE THEY HADN'T EATEN. THE ROOF FLEW OFF THE KITCHEN SUNDAY NIGHT. MONDAY MORNING IT STARTED TO FLOOD. WE HAD TO MOVE THE ON THE BOTTOM LEVEL UP. THE FATHER WE MOVED THE FASTER THE WATER ROSE. AS THE DAY WENT ON THE INMATES GREW ANGRIER AND SOME ACTUALLY ESCAPED BUT THEY WERE CAUGHT. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAPPENS SO WE WERE VULNERABLE AT THIS TIME WITH ALL THE WATER. CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT MONDAY THEY WERE BANGING AND BANGING BREAKING THE GLASS ON THERE DOOR THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO WITHSTAND ANYTHING. THERE IS A INTERLOCK DOOR THAT SEPARATES THEM FROM THE HALLWAY THAT LEADS OUT TO ANYWHERE IN THE BUILDING THAT ALSO HAD THAT SAME GLASS, THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE STRONG. SO IF THEY BROKE THE GLASS ON THE DOOR WITH ENOUGH TIME THE INTERLOCK CAN BE BROKEN ALSO. WE SPENT THAT NOT IN FEAR WITHOUT ANY SLEEP LISTENING TO THEM CONSTANTLY TRYING TO BREAK FREE. WE COULD HEAR THE THINGS THEY WERE SAYING I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE KILLED US TO GET OUT. SOME DEPUTIES HAD THERE FAMILY THERE, WE WERE TOLD THEY COULD COME CAUSE IT WOULD BE SAFE THEY WERE SO WRONG. THAT MORNING 10 AM WE WERE BOATED TO A NEARBY BRIDGE WHERE WE STAYED FOR THREE DAYS WITH OUT FOOD AND WATER THANKS TO OUR SHERIFF WHO CAME ON THE BRIDGE AND SAID WE VOLUNTEERED TO WORK SO UNTRUE. HE RETURNED THAT FRIDAY WITH A BUS FOR MOTHERS AND LITTLE BABIES AND TOLD THE REST OF US HE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WE COULD GO THE ARRANGEMENTS HE MADE FELL THROUGH. HE SAID HE WOULD STAY ON THE BRIDGE THAT NIGHT IN THE SUV'S HE WAS IN SO WE COULD HAVE LIGHT. HIS SO CALLED BODY GUARDS HAD ASSAULT RIFLES POINTED AT US LIKE WE WERE CRIMINALS SO NO ONE OTHER THAN WHO THEY SPECIFIED CAN BOARD THAT BUS. ONE OF MY COWORKERS SO UPSET CAUSE SHE DIDN'T KNOW IF HER MOTHER MADE IT OUT OF THE CITY.

Dawson Family of 6
ID # 236
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 28
Children - 2 boys 5 & 3; 1 girl 10
Grandmother - Age 64
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by The Berger Kids in New Orleans, Louisiana

11/22/05

 

Comments:  We evacuated day before storm. mandatory. we have been kind of stuck here ever since. everyone in al. has been so good to us. my mother and i lost everything we had. both homes and all in it.  Thank u all so much 4 caring.
Adams Family of 4
ID # 237
Mother - Age 40
Father - Age 39
Children - 2 girls - 8 & 14
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi
Adopted by a Family in Topsfield, MA 11/16/05
Comments:  IT WAS A VERY BAD EXPERIENCE THAT I WOULDN'T WANT TO GO THROUGH AGAIN. WE LOST EVERYTHING WE HAD INCLUDING A TRUCK. THANK GOD FOR OUR LIVES.  Thank you and God bless each of you.
Russell Family of 1
ID # 238
Female - Age 45
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by Professional Insurance in
San Carlos, California  12/15/05

Comments:  I was driving my truck just driving and driving not knowing where I would end up.  Thank you and May God bless you for all you've done.
Rivers Family of 4
ID # 239
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 47
Children - 1 boy - 6; 1 girl - 9
Originally from San Antonio, Texas

Adopted by a family in
Seattle, Washington  11/30/05

Comments:  I was at work at the criminal sheriff's office. the experience was very traumatizing. On the day of the storm the Sheriff did not provide food for the inmates. The inmates then began rioting. Deputies had their children there. All day and night you here children crying because they were hungry. Some of them were scared because they thought that the "bad" guys were going to come get them. We were moved from the jail onto the bridge because safety was an issue. We slept on the bridge for three nights. No one supplied us with food nor water. There were elderly people passing out for various reasons. There was no one making sure that everyone health was in tact. On the morning of the fourth day we rescued by a helicopter. We were transported to San Antonio, Texas to a shelter. By the grace of God, we were introduced to members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The Omega members allowed 15 of us to use their Fraternity house as our living quarters. We have been adapting to a new life every since. I  thank God everyday that he allowed me to go through the storm. There were some things in my life that needed to be changed and this was God's way of making sure that the change took place. My path was a little cloudy. By the will of God, I can now see clearly.
Clark Family of 2
ID # 240
Mother - Age 26
Children - 1 girl - age 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana  11/14/05

Comments:  It is a very long story. i wrote it on katrina.com guestbook under crystal.  It is very hard to survive without money or transportation with my daughter. it is hard waking up every day not understanding why this is our life. from so stable and in order to now not knowing anything about what we will eat how i can get a job, where we will begin building a new life. i cant even take the first step as of trying to get a permanent place to sleep. hotel to hotel is not the way i want my child being raised. i am so depressed and unmotivated not knowing anything.  I am now living in Tallahassee, Florida.  I would like to remain here - since my daughter just started school here this week.  It has been so hard for her - and now she is beginning to settle down.  So - housing in this area would be greatly appreciated.
Perkins Family of 2
ID # 241
Mother - Age 36
Children - 1 boy - age 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Rowan University Office of Multicultural Affairs in Glassboro, New Jersey  11/10/05

Comments:  We left New Orleans on Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 9:30am. We arrived in Baton Rouge after 10:00pm that same night. It was five people in my Chevrolet Cavalier. My mother, my son, my two brothers and myself. Well, we were with another family which consisted of three other cars. When we got to the person's home we were traveling to, he didn't take us in. He said that it was too many. He decided to take the other family and we had to keep searching for shelter. The guy drove us to the interstate leading from Baton Rouge to Mississippi. We made it as far as Kentwood, LA. I was tired of driving. The rain was coming down and I was no longer to see good enough to continue driving after dark. We turned off the highway in hopes of finding a shelter. We saw a car of people at a gas station fixing their car. I asked if they knew about a shelter in the area. They sent us to the back of the station to a building. Inside the building were emergency personnel. They gave us directions to Kentwood High School. We got there and there was room. We stayed the night of the storm. We had no blankets or sheets. So, we just slept on the gym's floor. We were just happy to be there. WE spent two nights there as Katrina roared through. The second day, we headed to Jackson, MS. My girlfriend's father lived there. He allowed us to stay one night and take a bath and eat. Then we headed as far back south as possible to be close to New Orleans. We ended up at a shelter in Plaquemine, LA. We stayed there two weeks. Then, my son and I left for Center, TX. I had a friend at a shelter here. She called and I came. I was just looking for a place to rest. My mother and brother went to North Carolina to stay with her brother. My other brother was taken in by a wonderful family in Baton Rouge. He had enrolled on LSU.  Anyway, the shelter I stayed in was a really nice facility. There we got on a list to receive housing. We were fed and treated with dignity. The shelter was not run by Red Cross. A preacher and his wife ran the place. We had to travel to another city to receive any assistance from Red Cross. The assistance was appreciated. This has been one rough ordeal. We've only just moved into our house. I have had to use every resource I had to get the little that we have. I would greatly appreciate any help I can get. I am a single mother with no support from my son's father. I lost both of my jobs due to the hurricane. Now, I can barely scrape enough to make ends meet. Unemployment is not enough to cover the bills. Seeking employment is not easy in such a small town. I don't care to leave because my son is in school and I don't want to take him out again. This is the second school since the evacuation. He is just starting to show signs of adjusting. I want to make life as smooth as possible for him over the course of the school year.
I want to thank whoever reads this and decides to help my family. I need whatever the person is willing to give. Furniture, clothing, shoes, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, Christmas gifts for my son. You name it, we need it. I know that there are angels out there. The world is still full of good people.
Bennett Family of 8
ID # 242
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 31
Children - 3 boys 11, 8 & 7;
3 girls 18, 16, 16
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Powhatan, Virginia
11/12/05

Comments:  We were unable to leave our house until 3 days after the hurricane hit. We had no electricity, hot water or safe water to drink. The older girls were afraid to leave the house because of all the fighting and looting going around the neighborhood. There was also a dead body in the street around the corner from our house that they witnessed daily. When we left the city the body was still there! There was a lot of gunfire at night and the streets were so dark and quiet we were afraid to leave the house. We were able to get a gas grill to cook whatever food that did not spoil. This experience is one that keeps me from sleeping at night and has be so depressed at times. We have 6 kids, three are adopted, the girls are adjusting fine but the young boys are having a lot of problems at home and school.  Please help us to give our kids a wonderful Christmas. We have not found jobs yet and have no money to buy gifts for them.
Hodge Family of 6
ID # 243
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 34
Children - 1 boy - 12; 2 girls 16 & 9
Mother-in-law - Age 69
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Columbus, Ohio  12/14/05

Comments:  It is a very long story. i wrote it on katrina.com guestbook under crystal.  It is very hard to survive without money or transportation with my daughter. it is hard waking up every day not understanding why this is our life. from so stable and in order to now not knowing anything about what we will eat how i can get a job, where we will begin building a new life. i cant even take the first step as of trying to get a permanent place to sleep. hotel to hotel is not the way i want my child being raised. i am so depressed and unmotivated not knowing anything.  I am now living in Tallahassee, Florida.  I would like to remain here - since my daughter just started school here this week.  It has been so hard for her - and now she is beginning to settle down.  So - housing in this area would be greatly appreciated.
Clayton Family of 6
ID # 244
Mother - Age 52
Father - Age 68
Children - 1 girl 26
Daughter's Fiancé - Age 37
Daughter's children - 2 girls 11 & 9
Originally from Metairie,
Louisiana
Comments:  We stayed in a hotel during hurricane and when we heard the levee broke during the night august 29 around 10:30 during aftermath of the hurricane we were terrify that we were going to be trapped or getting drown . we had to leave and stayed with four families in colfax,la.and stayed at camp hardener and now staying in pollock,la.in a house that belong to the Baptist church temporarily. Our children is the most important thing in our lives to have a permanent home. we are scare , confuse and don't know what to do. thank you and GOD bless all of us!
Saucier Family of 4 (5)
ID # 245
Mother - Age 34
Children - 1 boy - 13
Father - 78
Mother - 50
Originally from Long Beach, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Sumter, South Carolina  12/07/05

Comments:  My father was in the hospital recuperating from major surgery when Katrina hit. we were told we could ride it out in the hospital with him and then 30m before curfew we were told to go home there would not be enough food and water for all. We all rode it out in the house and dad stayed in the hospital. We watched the water and debris come up our street. Our home is 5 blocks of the beach in Long Beach. The homes will have to be rebuilt before they are livable. I don't know when or if we even want to go back. I just pray for everyone and pray that we can get some type of help ourselves since we have had hardly any help at all. We are looking for a home here in South Carolina but it has been hard since our credit is shot and FEMA told us that they would give us a trailer if we had land to put it but that's hard to find as well. I just pray to God that things work out for us.  Please help us if you can my family has lost everything and we consist of my father, my grandmother, my mother, my son and myself.
Jones Family of 4
ID # 246
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 40
Children - 1 boy - 17; 1 girl - 13
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Litchfield High School
Jobs for Illinois Graduates Department
Litchfield, Illinois
11/12/05

Comments:   We left home on August 28, 2005 with other family members. We didn't have any money. Our other family members abandoned us. They didn't want to share their money with us. We made it to a shelter in Baton Rouge, LA. The shelter was full. We had to keep moving. We became tired after driving around for so many hours. On Monday night we had to pull into a gas station in Alexandria to sleep. In the morning, a stranger female), came to us and said that she had been watching us all night. She asked did we need any help. WE told her our story. She cried and said that she would help us. She filled our tank with gas, allowed us to use her phone to call a family member, and bought us a map to get to Texas. WE arrived in Texas on Tuesday by a brother-in-law's house. He led us to a shelter. WE stayed in the shelter for sixty days. Not able to shower or bathe. WE didn't receive any assistance other than a shelter. When we received our money from FEMA, we searched for a place to stay. We moved into the house about two weeks ago. We haven't received any assistance for furniture or any other household items. We need furniture, clothes, shoes, cleaning supplies, personal supplies and decorating items. We need sheets, towels, pots, dishes. You name it, we need it. We would greatly appreciate any financial donations we receive also. We are homeowners. Our home was destroyed. Nothing was saved. We are the owners of a Janitorial/Landscaping company. We lost all of our equipment. We are in need of assistance replacing the items so that we can rescue our business, which is our family's sole income.  Thank you in advance for any financial help that you can offer.
Nelson Family of 3
ID # 247
Mother - Age 55
Children - 2 boys - 24 & 21
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments:   I don't have a car, so I had to ride with my daughter. We left Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 9:30am. We headed to Baton Rouge. It was a thirteen hour drive that usually only takes 1 to 2 hours. I was so nervous. The traffic was bumper to bumper. We arrived at the home of one of our traveling companion's family. We were turned away by this gentleman. He said that he didn't want that many people in his home. We didn't have a place to go. We headed toward Mississippi. We ended in the town of Kentwood, LA. We happened on a shelter. WE were allowed to stay. We had to sleep on the floor with no covers or pillows. We stayed two nights. My daughter was driving. She wanted to go with a friend to the friend's father house in Jackson, MS. He allowed us to stay there one night. We were able to take a bath, eat and sleep in comfort. WE left the next day to head back down south. WE wanted to be close to home when they opened the city up. We went to two shelters and were turned away. The third shelter is where we found room. We were given hot meals and a place to sleep. The shelter became so overcrowded in less than a week. We decided to leave. My daughter and her son went one way. My son and I went to North Carolina to my brother's house. My youngest son was taken in by a family in Baton Rouge. He is a student at the University of New Orleans. LSU accepted him as a student due to the hurricane. We have not received any help from.  We need financial assistance if possible. I lost my job due to hurricane katrina.
Briggs Family of 8
ID # 248
Mother - Age 56
Father - Age 50
Grandchildren - 2 boys 8 & 10;
4 girls 6, 12, 16, 7 months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by BioPassword, Inc. in 
Issaquah, Washington  11/21/05

Comments:   Myself and two grandsons and my daughter walked up to the Superdome in New Orleans LA. We were there for four or five days which seem years to me. Then we were taken by bus to Dallas TX. Where we were told that our next stop would be a hotel which turn out to be and abandoned jail that housed men convicted of sex crimes. From their a month later I got to Wisconsin were we are in between family and friends To this date we still don't have our own housing yet Red Cross is collecting millions of dollars for the hurricane Victims such as myself, Grandchildren and others. In closing I lost everything our car, computer books for my law classes that I still taking on line with Kaplan University. my hold household clothing ect.  I trust and pray God that my family is adopted and that we will have our own home soon.
Sweatman Family of 5
ID # 249
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 30
Children - 2 boys 13 & 7, 1 girl 11
Originally from Picayune, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in Gilbert, Arizona  11/22/05

Comments:   We lived in Long Beach, MS.  We left the day before the storm, and went to Florida. we had just moved in this home 2 months before. this house was 1 block from the beach. my husband came home few days after to find nothing but a slab. the kids and i came home a month and a half later. we lost everything. we are staying in a 2 bedroom home which you can see through to the ground, with 7 people drive an hour and half to get the kids to school everyday. any help would be so appreciated. thanks in advance!
Larce Family of 4
ID # 250
Mother - Age 37
Children - 2 boys 10 & 2
Grandmother - Age 64
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Tampa, Florida  12/03/05

Comments:   I evacuated on that Thursday prior to RITA, but I arrived to Ruston, Louisiana that Friday morning at approximately 4am. Ruston is a 5 hour drive that took me almost 22 hours. My vehicle was running bad and it had no air conditioner so I burned up with no space in the vehicle. We checked into a shelter there because there were NO hotels and that was an experience in it self. We watched the storm all night on CNN however as I watched Dr. Gutpa lose power to his feed and I saw fire, I only imaged and cried over and over, because the unknown great.  I do not know where we will have Christmas yet, because we cannot stay in the home and the repairs can take up to 18 months.  I would like to thank you in advance for your consideration. Last year I adopted families and now this year it is my family that needs the adoption.
Carter Family of 6
ID # 251
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 30
Children - 1 Boy - 4; 3 Girls - 3, 9 & 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Mitchellville, Maryland  12/06/05

Comments:   My family and i stayed during to storm. We stayed in a hotel during the storm it was the most scare but amazing experience every. After the levees broke that's when everything went down hill i never thought i would be in the middle of something that i always watch on TV, and for my kids to go though this at the ages that they are just breaks my heart there's not one night that i wish i could go home.
Yates Family of 5
ID # 252
Wife - Age 42
Husband - Age 44
Children - 1 boy - 4; 2 Girls - 9, 7
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi
Adopted by a family in
New York
11/16/05
Comments:   I LIVED IN A MOBILE HOME. HAD TO LEAVE IT,  TRAILER SURVIVED, BUT HAD 4 HUGE TREES ABOUT TO FALL ON IT, AND POWER POLE GROUNDED ITSELF INTO SIDE OF TRAILER, ELEC. WENT FROM 1 END OF TRAILER TO THE OTHER IN A FLASH, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED IF WE WERE IN THE TRAILER AT THE TIME, EVERY ONE IN TR. COURT GOT RUNNING WATER AND ELECTRICITY TURNED BACK ON, MISS. POWER REFUSED TO TURN US BACK ON, TRAILER WILL GO UP LIKE A ROMAN CANDLE, SO WE LIVED IN OUR YARD FOR 2 WEEKS, NO CLEAN WATER BARELY ANY FOOD, I LOST 40 POUNDS IN 3 WEEKS, THOUGHT ABOUT SUICIDE, THEN WE WERE SHIPPED OFF TO ARIZONA, HUBBY CANT FIND JOB, DEPRESSION HAS SET IN. 2000 MILES FROM MISS, AND HEART IS BROKEN. STILL AT TIMES CRY, CANT CONTROL IT.  I FIGURE WE WONT GET HELP, NEVER HAD A GOOD CHRISTMAS BEFORE, BUT IF ANYTHING TELLING A LITTLE BIT OF MY STORY HELPS MY HEART LESSEN THE LOAD, THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AT OUR STORY, GOD BLESS.
Olsen Family of 5
ID # 253
Wife - Age 29
Husband - Age 30
Children - 2 Boys - 9, 4; 1 Girl - 2
Originally from Covington,
Louisiana

Adopted by the Counseling and School Psychology Associated Students in Moscow, Idaho 11/23/05

Comments:  We left Covington, LA on Sunday Aug. 28 @ 5:00 in the morning. We were going to go to Houston but we saw the traffic was very backed up and decided to come to North Carolina to visit with family instead. We brought only 4 days worth of clothes with us. We thought we would be home the following weekend. We did not expect the devastation. My husband worked in New Orleans just 2 blocks from the Superdome. It was underwater. He lost all of his tools as well as his job. We have decided to stay in North Carolina and start new. We are doing well, but are worried about our children having Christmas because my husband has still not found a job. He also has to replace his tools to get a job.
Hardy Family of 2
ID # 254
Wife - Age 37
Children - 1 Girl - 15
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
New York, New York 11/10/05

Comments:  I left Biloxi before the hurricane hit and when I returned, my house had been flooded and black mold was everywhere. My house is going to have to be tore down. I have been staying in a Red Cross shelter since the hurricane. My daughter and I were forced to relocate to KY and I am trying to rebuild out lives and start a new life for us. I found a job as a nurses aid in a nursing home and I enjoy this kind of work. I appreciate everything that everyone has done for all of us effected by hurricane Katrina. It is so beyond words to express my appreciation to all those who sent food, water, clothing and tents to Biloxi I can never forget the love, prayer and kindness you have shown to me and my daughter. I would like for my daughter to have somewhat of a normal holidays this year and if you can help make this possible I would appreciate it...
Newman Family of 3
ID # 255
Wife - Age 25
Children - 2 Boys - 5, 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Grottoes, Virginia
11/11/05

Comments: We left the day before. It took us 22 hours to get to Dallas, Texas. It was long and aggravated.
deMasiliere Family of 5
ID # 256
Wife - Age 35
Husband - Age 39
Children - 3 Girls 19, 16, 10
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Lansdale, Pennsylvania 11/27/05

Comments: We were trapped in our home then left on the bridge for 3 days. We  spent 5 days in the superdome and stood in line for 25 hours before we were placed on a bus for San Antonia. We  spent 1 1/2 months in a shelter and all of my family was displaced all over Texas. We have been  unable to get rental assistance in Pearland and are struggling to provide  a home for kids. Thank you for making Christmas for my children god bless.
Pate Family of 3
ID # 257
Wife - Age 42
Husband - Age 39
Children - 1 Boy - 12; 1 Girl 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Sacramento, California  11/29/05

Comments: I am a single mom of 3 adopted kids, trapped on the bridge for 4 days. From bridge to a mission then a hotel in TX  from TX to a friends apt in Pearland TX. We lost everything including the kids talking parrot. Now struggling to keep a home for kids who are separated from their immediate family (elderly grandparents and sister). Thank you for helping me, God bless you all.
K. Campbell Family of 5
ID # 258
Wife - Age 28
Husband - Age 25
Children - 1 Boy - 5; 1 Girl 9
Grandmother - Age 62
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Dolores Book Club
in Dolores, Colorado
11/14/05

Comments: The shelter it was a mess. Iit was hard for me to understand. We lost everything we had worked so hard to accomplish: and to top it off my mom was in Mississippi. Thank god now she's with me. My daughter was in San Antonio with her grandmother on a vacation prior to the hurricane but God has her with me now. Also I  need help coping with this tragedy. Our family is so far apart and we have never been this far from one another but God will see us through this. I thank everyone for all that they have done and thank you for thinking about us so we can have a Christmas because if it wasn't for you help, we wouldn't have a Christmas at all. God bless you. Thank you
C. Campbell Family of 2
ID # 259
Wife - Age 42
Children - 1 Girl - 20
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Green Family of 6
ID # 260
Wife - Age 51
Husband - Age 55
Children - 2 Boys - 3, 6: 1 Girl - 6
Brother - Age 61
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Baltimore, Maryland  12/12/05

Tribbitt Family of 6
ID # 261
Wife - Age 40
Husband - Age 40
Children - 1 Boy - 19: 2 Girls - 18, 13
Brother - Age 43
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi
Page Family of 6
ID # 262
Wife - Age 24
Husband - Age 29
Children - 3 Boys - 6, 5, 3; 
Brother - Age 20
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Englewood, New Jersey  12/09/05

Comments: We lost everything we will be grateful for anything.
C. Fayard Family of 3
ID # 263
Wife - Age 18
Husband - Age 22
Children - 1 Girl - 1
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Alexandria, Virginia  11/18/05

Comments: We lost everything and will be grateful for anything.
P. Fayard Family of 3
ID # 264
Wife - Age 42
Husband - Age 41
Children - 1 Boy - 12
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Ft. Myers, Florida  12/08/05

Comments: We lost everything and will be grateful for anything.
Lewis Family of 8
ID # 265
Wife - Age 28
Husband - Age 31
Children - 5 Boys - 13, 11, 10, 6, 4
1 Girl - 8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Country PieceMakers Quilt Guild in Powhatan, Virginia
11/13/05

Comments: WE ARE HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS.
Conforto Family of 3
ID # 266
Wife - Age 43
Husband - Age 38
Children - 1 Girl - 11
Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Metairie, LA 11/25/05

Comments: I remember leaving work & truly not believing it was going to come towards St Bernard. On Saturday, my brother in law (who lives in Slidell) called to say we better head over to their house before the traffic got too bad, because we had discussed previously that we would evacuate to their house if the hurricane was a 3 or less...well I still kept putting  off leaving because I hated to leave my home (even though we only rented the house it still is our home) plus we have 2 small dogs & I just felt bad bringing them to my sister's house even though she did not care about that...anyway we stayed home & at 6:30am on Sunday my sister called frantically stating you have to get out & come here. Now we are leaving as this hurricane is coming straight for us & it is huge....well I started crying my eyes out...trying to get as many pictures off the walls, waking my daughter up & telling her to try to get as much as she can to bring with us...we put the dogs in the kennel & brought a suitcase of clothes and a bag of stuffed animals, etc & put all of what we could in our van.....we met up with my brother in his wife & kids & then went to my sister's house & from their we drove to Florida where my sister (thank God for her) booked us 3 rooms to stay in (she also paid for the rooms which I thank God for because we did not have the money to pay for them...We lived paycheck to paycheck). My other brother had decided to stay in his house in Violet & him & his wife had to be rescued off the roof of their home....For about 4 days we did not know if they were alive or not. Those were the hardest 4 days in my life worrying about them. They were put into the Drury Inn which Red Cross is paying for & called us to come meet them there so that we could at least be together. We would not have to put out money for anymore hotels for now. That is where we are right now...but we are suppose to be moving to Mississippi in a week or 2.  I am going to rent a double there. We went back to my home to see if there was anything we could salvage. I am not good at asking for anything.....but anything that we get would be greatly appreciated....thank you for your help in our time of need.
Fenner Family of 5
ID # 267
Wife - Age 27
Husband - Age 40
Children - 2 Girls - 12, 3  
Brother - Age 37
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Holden, Massachusetts  12/08/05

Comments: We left before the storm hit. We lost everything.
Melerine Family of 1
ID # 268
Male - Age 22
Originally from Carriere, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in Wellsville, Utah  12/04/05

Comments: Clay stood in his grandparent's garage with others during the storm. He saw the damage being done. He lived in a large travel trailer on his mother's property. A large tree fell on it and damaged it. FEMA said it was unsafe and a hazard and he had to relocate. While waiting for a FEMA trailer he was so depressed he drank cleaning chemicals to kill him self. Thanks God he pulled thru with no permanent damage. He is now in a mental hospital for about one week. Still waiting for a trailer.
K Campbell Family of 6
ID # 269
Wife - Age 29
Husband - Age 30
Children - 2 Boys - 5, 22 months
Grandmother - Age 48
Sister - Age 27  
Originally from Carriere, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
New York, New York 11/13/05

Comments: we went to Arkansas and came home to nothing. The kids don't understand and it's been hard to explain why things changed the way the did. The boys lost everything and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Evans Family of 9
ID # 270
Wife - Age 20
Husband - Age 18
Children - 3 Girls - 4, 3 5; 1 Boy - 5months 
Grandmother - Age 42
Sister - Age 22
Great Grandfather - Age 72 
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in New York, NY 11/28/05

Comments: We just jumped in a car and hit the highway. We got the first ride that came our way. We first went to Irving, Texas and from there to Tyler Street United Methodist Church, to an apt. with the help of Tyler Street Church. You may contact Mrs. Shirley Fridia for us at the above Email.
Steiner Family of 3
ID # 271
Wife - Age 46
Children - 1 Girl - 11; 1 Boy - 9 
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by family in
Gonzales, Louisiana 11/17/05

Comments: My apartment was destroyed in the hurricane. I lost furniture and personal belongings due to the roof being lifted off of the complex. I am currently staying with my father as I wait for the apartment to get fixed. I am a single mother living on a fixed income with 2 children.
Page Family of 2
ID # 272
Male - Age 42
Female - Age 41
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by family in
Seabrook, Texas 11/17/05

Mack Family of 7
ID # 273
Male - Age 28
Female - Age 22
Children - 1 Boy - 6; 4 Girls - 14, 12, 3, 2
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by Advanced Business Graphics
Coppell, Texas  11/15/05

Comments: MY FIANCÉ AND I WERE RESCUED FROM A ROOF BY THE U.S. COAST GUARD. MY KIDS HAD LEFT EARLIER WITH OTHER RELATIVES. ONCE WE WERE RESCUED THEY BROUGHT US TO A BRIDGE, WHERE WE STOOD FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THEY HAD LITTLE KIDS CRYING, DEAD BODIES, HURT, AND ELDERLY PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. THERE WAS NO COMMUNICATION OF NO KIND. THE POLICE WERE THERE, BUT THEY COULDN'T HELP US. AFTER A WHILE , THE POLICE TOLD EVERYBODY TO GO BREAK IN THE CORNER STORES TO GET FOOD AND WATER, BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO TELL US. HOURS PASSED, IT WAS DARK, NO STREET LIGHTS, NO PORCH LIGHTS, NO HEAD LIGHTS, NOTHING BUT MOONLIGHT. SOME MILITARY TRUCKS CAME, BUT THEY WERE ONLY TAKING ELDERLY, AND INJURED PEOPLE. MY FIANCÉ HAD CUT HIS WRIST TO THE BONE WHILE PUNCHING THROUGH A WINDOW, WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO ESCAPE THE FLOOD. SO WE WERE ABLE TO GET ON ONE OF THE TRUCKS.  THEY BROUGHT US TO THE LOUISIANA SUPERDOME, WHERE WE WERE  CHECKED ON BY THE DOCTORS  SET UP THERE. WE THEN WENT TO THE HOTEL WHERE THE REST OF THE FAMILY WAS .ABOUT 7A.M. THE HOTEL STAFF WAS WAKING EVERYBODY UP TELLING THEM TO HURRY AND PACK. THEY HAD TO EVACUATE, BECAUSE THE BASEMENT WAS FLOODED AND THE WATER WAS RISING. ALL 11 OF US GOT PACKED AND LEFT THE HOTEL IN JUST A DODGE PICK-UP TRUCK AND A NEON CAR. WERE WE WERE GOING I DIDN'T KNOW. GAS STATIONS WERE BACKED UP, OR HAD NO GAS AT ALL FOR TOWNS AND TOWNS. WE FINALLY FOUND GAS AND WERE ON OUR WAY TO TEXAS. MY FIANCÉ'S STEP-SISTER OPENED HER ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT UP TO ALL OF US, WHERE WE ALL STAYED FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. I MET A MAN FROM THE LYONS CLUB, WHILE TRYING TO REGISTER MY KIDS IN SCHOOL. HE HEARD MY STORY AND HE AND THE LYONS CLUB SPONSORED MY FAMILY. THEY FOUND A CHURCH WHO PROVIDED THEIR BUILDING TO US FOR HOUSING AND MEALS. I AM VERY THANKFUL AND APPRECIATIVE FOR THEM. WE REALLY WOULD APPRECIATE ANY AND ALL HELP& DONATIONS. I JUST WOULD LIKE MY KIDS TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS OR SOMETHING TO GET THEIR MINDS OFF OF HOME.
Washington Family of 4
ID # 274
Male - Age 38
Children - 1 Boy - 7; 2 Girls - 11, 17
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by a family in Havertown, Pennsylvania  11/30/05

Comments: I had to evacuate during the storm due to damage to our home caused by the hurricane. Because of this unexpected storm, my son was without his medication for about four days which caused him to have a light stroke which he had already had at least two during an unexplainable medical mystery which caused him to become disabled in December of last year just one day after Christmas 2004 which included a coma that lasted two and a half weeks. A least two strokes, partial paralysis of the left side and damage to the brain as well as some areas being destroyed. It has only complicated a already difficult situation. I would really thank God if my family is helped in this time of need. we will be thankful for anything that we are blessed to receive.
Robert Family of 6
ID # 275
Wife - Age 19
Husband - Age 24
Children - 1 Girl - 19 months
Brother - Age 15
Male Cousin - Age 3
Originally from Marrero, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Brandon, Mississippi  12/04/05

Comments: I think god for being there for my family.  We had no way out  were stuck there until someone came to help us. THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU

 

T. Campbell Family of 6
ID # 276
Wife - Age 30
Children - 3 Boys - 12, 8, 5; 1 Girl 14
Grandfather - Age 51
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana

Adopted by Shady Grove Fertility Clinic in Annandale, Virginia  12/12/05

Comments

 

Hayes Family of 4
ID # 277
Wife - Age 46
Husband - Age 59
Children - 1 Boy - 17
Sister-in-Law - Age 51
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana
Comments: Evacuated on Sunday 8/28, stayed with family friends along with 21 other people.

 

Hosty Family of 6
ID # 278
Wife - Age 42
Husband - Age 43
Children - 1 Boy - 19; 3 Girls - 14, 12, 11
Originally from Lakeshore, Mississippi

Adopted by Newsoms Baptist Church Youth Group in Newsoms, Va  11/26/05

Comments: We stayed in our church and had to go in the attic with 18 other  people. God was with us
Hines Family of 5
ID # 279
Wife - Age 41
Husband - Age 35
Children - 2 Boys - 9, 8; 1 Girl -  12
Originally from Lakeshore, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Lindenwood, Illinois  11/16/05

Comments: We stayed  for the hurricane because my father-in-law wouldn't leave. We got 5 feet of water in our home and lost every thing but our faith in God has kept us safe. My husband and I are not worried about ourselves but if you could make sure my children have something, it would be enough for us to see them smile on Christmas
Griffin Family of 7
ID # 280
Wife - Age 29
Children - 1 Boys - 6; 4 Girls -  7, 5, 3 month old twins
Grandmother - Age 50
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana

Adopted by Great Valley Health in Paoli, PA 11/25/05

Comments: Being a single mother of 5 and taking care of a special need with no car and its was hard to go from place to place. My cousin found us in Opelousas Shelter and want all of us to stay with him till we was ready.  I am glad he took us in and he was alot of help since I had the twins and a special need. But God is good that I had someone in the family took us in when no one could help me. I am staying with my mother who I am thankful for her to let me stay with her who had a small house.
Segreti Family of 3
ID # 281
Wife - Age 37
Children - 1 Boy - 14
Brother - Age 36
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi
Comments
T. Mitchell Family of 3
ID # 282
Wife - Age 30
Children - 1 Boy - 12; 1 Girl - 9 
Originally from Theodore, Alabama

Adopted by a family in
Cedar Bluff, Virginia  11/17/05

Comments: My experience was very traumatic for me and my children because when it was over to come home to find the majority of our belongings damaged and to have no money and to be without food and water and power with me having a child with disabilities. If  my family is adopted I will appreciate anything that is done for us and it will be a blessing for us.
Jones Family of 6
ID # 283
Wife - Age 37
Children - 5 Boys - 18, 15, 12, 4, 1
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by a family in
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania  12/14/05

Comments: IT WAS THE MOST HORRIFYING STROM. I HAVE LIVED ON THE GULF COAST FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS. I HAVE NEVER WENT THROUGH ONE LIKE THIS ALTHOUGH IT HIT DURING THAT DAY THE RAIN AND THE WIND WAS TERRIBLE. TWO BABY CLINGING TO YOU , YOU PRAYING NEITHER ONE NEEDS THEIR ASTHMA TREATMENTS BECAUSE THE POWER WENT OUT HOURS AGO. I HAVE NEVER PRAYED SO MUCH FOR MY BOYS.
Colvin Family of 6
ID # 284
Wife - Age 31
Husband - Age 37
Children - 2 Boys - 9, 8; 2 Girls 14, 10
Originally from Long Beach, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Petersburg, Virginia  11/21/05

Comments: We stayed for the storm and left a week later. We stayed in a hotel in Marshall, Texas. We lived south of the tracks on 111 West Third Street off of Jeff Davis. We lost everything  and only took a few clothes and blankets . We were only able to save the items that were in the attic. The home took on over 5 feet of water. we now live in a FEMA travel trailer on my fiancée grandmother's property. We are grateful to have that and all be together. We will be thankful for anything. The children are simple kids and are happy with the smallest items.
Marchetta Family of 4
ID # 285
Wife - Age 19
Husband - Age 24
Grandfather - Age 58
Brother - Age 16
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi
Comments
Batiste Family of 1
ID # 286
Male - Age 47
Originally from Metarie,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Albany, New York  12/15/05

Comments: I HAD A JOB WITH THE HILTON DOUBLE TREE HOTEL. I WAS A SECURITY SUPERVISOR FOR THE HOTEL. I HAD TO STAY DOING THE HURRICANE TO HELP GUEST THAT WERE STUCK IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. IT WAS VERY SCARY AND UNCOMFORTABLE FOR A FEW DAYS. TRYING TO COMFORT OTHERS NOT KNOWING IF YOUR OWN FAMILY WAS SAFE WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT BUT KNOWING YOU WERE HELPING OTHERS WAS REWARDING. THE WATER WAS ONE BLOCK AWAY WHEN THE BUSSES ARRIVED TO GET GUEST AND EMPLOYEES OUT OF HARMS WAY. I REALLY WOULD APPRECIATE THE HELP AND GOD BLESS YOU.
P. Johnson Family of 1
ID # 287
Female - Age 48
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana
Comments: 16 members of my family and I we evacuated to the convention center. For days we survived with no food or water. We had to stand behind buildings because the bathrooms were so nasty you could not use them. We saw a dead infant in the bathroom. We slept on the hard floor, on chairs and in the grass. When we did receive food and water, it was the hottest water that you would ever want to drink. If anything it  made you sick before it would help you. We saw a dead man  covered up on the ground for days and the worst part about it all is the kids had to be subjected to that. We have been trying to get housing assistance for months with no success. All we are trying to do is to get closer to New Orleans where we can go back to work to be a functional part of society again. They treated us like animals in the Conventional Center. We want to get on with our lives. Almost being left for dead makes you thank God for a even little blessing. If we are not here at this address I can always be reached by cell phone.
Haley Family of 5
ID # 288
Female - Age 55
Male - Age 57
Children - 3 Girls 21, 19, 11
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana
Comments
D. Jackson Family of 5
ID # 289
Female - Age 34
Children - 1 Boy - 11; 2 Girls 10, 10
Brother - Age 33
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Boulder, Colorado  12/09/05

Comments: We were at the Convention Center with my family for days with very little food or water we saw dead bodies.  We had to us the bathroom outside and slept on the ground in the grass, and on the hard concrete. When we did get food or water is was so hot it made you sick. We saw a dead man covered up in a blanket and the children had to see this gruesome site. They treated us like animals. We are still having a hard time finding housing. all we want to get back home where my children can finally feel at peace. We may not be at this address at Christmas but I can be reached at my cell phone.
Mack Family of 6
ID # 290
Female - Age 27
Male - Age 30
Children - 3 Boys - 11, 8, 6; 1 Girl 3
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by Countrywide in
Quakertown, Pennsylvania  12/12/05

Comments: I would just like to thank everyone for their generous donations. These donations will help a lot of us affected by Hurricane Katrina start to put our lives back together. It is truly people like you that put the "G" in GODSEND.
K. Jackson Family of 7
ID # 291
Female - Age 26
Children - 2 Boys - 9, 2; 2 Girls - 8, 6
Brother - Age 27
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Slaughter, Louisiana  12/07/05

Comments: We were at the Convention Center with very little water and food for days. My children at to watch a dead man covered up under a blanket for days and no child should have to see that. The bathrooms were so foul they made you sick. We slept on the ground in the grass and on the hard concrete. We did not deserve to be treated like animals. My children deserve to have a settled life. We are moving around from place to place and can not find any help. Someone please make my children have a wonderful Christmas. We may not be at this address at Christmas but I can be reached my cell number.
Ackermann Family of 7
ID # 292
Female - Age 37
Male - Age 38
Children - 1 Boy - 19 months
2 Grandfathers - Age 74, 60
Grandmother - Age 70
Originally from Chalmette,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Pensacola, Florida  12/05/05

Comments: We vertically evacuated into the city of New Orleans into a Hotel as we had always done for prior storms... only this would turn out to be nightmare of all nights. We were locked into the hotel by the National Guard and my son overheated during the stay there. Finally they asked those who could to try and leave as the levee had broken so we rushed and made it out. Finally arriving in Lafayette to stay with friends who took in 4 different extended families... 22 in her home... and the 5  of us in a mobile trailer... well... we finally found a home and then we started helping others. We have had up to 15 people spend the night here during Rita... and for at least 6 weeks, we had 12 people here ever night. We have cooked and cooked... We all craved home cooked food after eating out for so long so we cooked for all of the people staying with us. Now we are down to 3 families living here. My father is the newest addition... as we are expecting a FEMA trailer to place on the property to house him. During Katrina, we had 13 1/2 feet of flood water and 2 inches of crude oil hit our one story house and our in-laws who are now living with us had water over the roof of their home. My father had 3 feet of water which came and went in his house. He is having to rebuild due to no insurance and too much $$ tied up in the home. The rest of us are not sure what we will be doing with our homes yet.  The new base elevation will help us to figure out if we can afford to rebuild... and in the end... Will it be safe for my son? I am signing up for my son... as this will be a hard Christmas... We will be fine with our Christmas but for my son we are hoping to make the holidays a little special as we all in all 3 families lost everything but we are only asking for Christmas Gifts for our son. Thank you and God Bless!
Impastato Family of 6
ID # 293
Female - Age 36
Children - 4 Boys - 12, 11, 10, 7; 1 Girl - 6
Originally from Slidell,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Katy, Texas
12/15/05

Comments: WE LEFT THE SUNDAY BEFORE, AND WENT TO MONROE. WHEN WE CAME BACK OUR MOBILE HOME PARK LOOKED LIKE IT WAS FLUSHED IN A GIANT TOILET. EVERYTHING WAS TOSSED AROUND, HERE THERE ONTO CARS AND IN THE WOODS. WE LOST EVERYTHING
Schwartz Family of 3
ID # 294
Female - Age 32
Male - Age 35
Children - 1 Boy - 5
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by a family from
Gulfport, Mississippi  11/21/05

Comments: Lost most of all the contents in the house but the TVs, VCR, DVD, and Microwave. Lost both vehicles and all my son's toys. We had about 4 feet of water outside the house and about a foot inside the house.
Williams Family of 3
ID # 295
Female - Age 27
Children - 2 Girls - 6, 5
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Reichard Racing in
Saint Leonard, Maryland 11/10/05

Comments:  My two kids and I were in the house when the wind took the bedroom wall, and the flooded water took the house. We were stranded on top of a roof from that Monday, the storm hit till that Thursday night. We  went without food or water We had no change of clothing. My children looked like they had smallpox, because the mosquitoes had eaten them so raw. I lost my best friend and her 7 year old daughter. They drowned right in front me and my kids and until we were rescued, we had to watched them float from that Tuesday evening to that Thursday. I have to deal with my daughter asking me about her friend ,and its hard because along with my losing my best friend, we just buried my uncle on last Saturday because he also did not make it. Then after we were rescued from the roof, we were stranded at the Louis Armstrong Airport from that Thursday night until Saturday night. We were taken advantage of by people who claimed they were working with the NAACP . Their is so much I would like to share with you but find myself in tears right now when I'm thinking about it. Even if you can't adopt me and my kids please keep us in your prayers and just let us know you care.
Toney-Edmonson Family of 3
ID # 296
Female - Age 30
Male - Age 43
Grandmother - Age 70
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Boulder, Colorado  12/08/05

Comments:  On Sunday August 28, 2005 my husband, my mother and myself decided to evacuate for hurricane Katrina because we were unsure of what would happen. We all packed lightly (for 2 days) because we really felt we would be back home safe and sound by Tuesday August 30, 2005. We left at 11:30am to go to Baton Rouge, LA to stay with relatives. As the storm progressed, we realized that we had lost everything. My mother's house took on about 6 feet of water. My house was spared flood damage but all of our belongings were stored at my mother's home due to the fact that my husband and I were in the process of selling our house that was to close on 08/29/2005. My mother has lived in her house for nearly 29 years and she lost everything. I am young and so is my husband. We have the rest of our lives to get our things back, but my mother is getting old and I wish I could help her more. I just am not able to.
Clements Family of 5
ID # 297
2
Females - Age 33, 23
Children - 3 Boys - 13, 11, 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: I was stuck on the bridge for three days without water food
Merrelle Family of 5
ID # 298
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 27
Children - 1 Boy - 3; 2 Girls - 6, 5
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Larsen & Associates Insurance Agency in Depew, New York  12/02/05

Comments: It was very bad I really don't like talking about it ok please help us. I am staying with my friends who are trying to help us also.
Daigle Family of 5
ID # 299
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 25
Children - 1 boy - 5 months; 2 girls - 5 & 1
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by Grant High SADD Club in Colfax, Louisiana  12/02/05

Comments: We were able to make it out of the storm ok but we used our FEMA money to get a house to try and provide stability for our children but bills are coming up and we still haven't been hired after several applications.  Please help our children have a bright Christmas we really need the help.
Snyderman Family of 5
ID # 300
Mother - 45 
Children - 2 Boys - 18, 9
Grandmother - Age 65
Grandfather - Age 68
Originally from Theodore, Alabama

Adopted by a family in
Roanoke, Virginia  12/13/05

Comments: I live 8 miles from beach so I left to go to shelter then my car stalled and we ( myself and kids) had to walk in the wind and rain till someone picked us up and took us to my families home. It was scary and I had to have my sons close cause signs and trees were flying thru the air. I was so grateful that we caught a ride. My home was completely flooded and car as well. I lost everything according to FEMA and still waiting for FEMA trailer. i just feel sad that there isn't anything much I could do but I had no idea that we were going to be hit so hard. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE PUT ON YOUR ANGEL TREE, I hope we can get someone to help us .
Whirley Family of 6
ID # 301
Mother - 44
Children - 4 Boys - 15, 13, 8, 2 months
Grandmother - Age 64
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi
Adopted by a Family in Saltillo, Mississippi 11/17/05
Comments: I was told to evacuate and we all did by bus to a shelter in Pascagoula, Ms where we stayed until I get to my ex-husband house and where he had a extra trailer and that we are all at. I would appreciate any thing for the kids.
Dunaway Family of 5
ID # 302
Mother - 27
Father - Age 26
Children - 1 Boy - 8; 1 Girl - 4
Grandmother - Age 49
Originally from Angie, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Charlotte, NC 11/28/05

Comments:  My children and I rode out the hurricane at my grandmothers house.  I could not leave because my husband was at work on a crew boat. They evacuated them to Baton Rouge La. If I had left with my children and mother then he would have had no way of finding us and he would have gone crazy not knowing how we were. I knew he would find a way to us. I was scared to death for our safety. We later evacuated to my mother in laws in Leesville, La. When came back to see what we could get done for our mobile home that we had, a tree went through it. After going through all the stuff with FEMA, we finally got a travel trailer to live in on our property. I hope no one else has to go through what we  went though. May God bless you! May God Bless all of you for everything you have done and are doing to help all of us, you are all Angels!
Bauers Family of 4
ID # 303
Mother - 29
Father - Age 38
Children - 1 Boy - 6; 1 Girl - 11
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund in
Alexandria, Virginia  11/30/05

Comments:  WE LIVE IN GULFPORT, MS WITH MY MOTHER AND STEPFATHER. AT THE TIME THEY WERE OUT OF STATE IN OHIO TRYING TO SELL THE HOME IN OHIO. MY HUSBAND, 2 CHILDREN AND I LIVED WITH THEM AT THE TIME. WE HAD JUST MOVED FROM N.J. 2 MONTHS BEFORE KATRINA AND PUT ALL OUR MONEY INTO MOVING DOWN HERE BECAUSE THE COST OF LIVING IN NJ WAS 2 MUCH.. WE DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO LEAVE AND MY MOTHER IN OHIO SAID NOT TO WORRY CAUSE WE WERE SAFE. SO WE STAYED HERE BEFORE DURING AND AFTER THE HURRICANE. A LOT OF THE SHINGLES CAME OFF THE ROOF AND CAUSED THE ROOF TO LEAK AND COLLAPSE IN MY SONS ROOM. THIS DESTROYED HIS TOYS AND SOME OF HIS CLOTHING AND HIS BED AND DRESSER. WE ALSO HAD LEAKS THREW OUT THE HOUSE. THE INSURANCE WILL COVER THE HOUSE BUT NOT THE BELONGINGS. WE WERE HERE FOR 10 DAYS WITHOUT WATER AND ELECTRIC TAKING BATHS IN MY NEIGHBORS POOL AND LIVING ON MRES SUPPLIED BY THE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS. WE ARE STILL CURRENTLY LIVING IN MY MOTHERS HOME CAUSE WE CANNOT AFFORD A PLACE ON OUR OWN AT THIS TIME. I THINK THIS KATRINA ANGEL TREE IS A GREAT IDEA. THANK YOU ANY HELP WILL BE GREAT TO MAKE SURE MY KIDS HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS AFTER ALL THEY  WENT THREW. THEY DESERVE NOTHING BUT THE BEST. MY CHILDREN WENT OUT WITH ME AND HELP OTHER VICTIMS WORSE OFF THEN US BY BRINGING THEM FOOD CAUSE THEY COULDN'T GET TO THE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS CAUSE THEY HAD NO CAR LEFT OR NO GAS TO GET THE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS.  WE ALL HELP ONE ANOTHER THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS.
Lizana Family of 4
ID # 304
Mother - 35
Children - 2 Boys - 12, 5
Grandmother - Age 55
Grandfather - Age 54
Sister - Age 29
Originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Hulmeville, Pennsylvania  12/19/05

Comments:  My family and I stayed in MS during hurricane Katrina with relatives. It was very scary this our first hurricane. The house that I and my fiancé and baby daughter were staying in, the roof started coming off and the house was flooding so my uncle had to pack my family, his wife and daughter up in his suburban and drive across a field to one of our other cousins house that had no damage to it in the middle of the storm. The wind was blowing very hard and because it was a grassy field he had to go very fast so he would not get bogged down. I think this was the most horrible part of the hurricane for me until after the hurricane and I went back to my house and seen the devastation of my town of Pass Christian, MS.
Picot Family of 4
ID # 305
Mother - 57
Children - 2 Boys - 17, 16; 1 Girl 10
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Revere, Massachusetts  12/11/05

Comments: We were in the house that my husband lived in as a child and went through hurricane Camille in, so we thought we would be alright. However, after about 2 hours of going through Katrina water from a nearby river rushed in and started flooding the house and my family along with my husbands brothers family we had to go out in the middle of the storm and go to a church that was on top of a hill across the street from the house. My husband tried to drive me and two of our small grandchildren to the church and and the car was just skidding all over the street it was horrible. After the hurricane we went back to our house and found  that all of the houses on our street including ours was gone and there was nothing left but concrete slabs. I was devastated but glad to still have my life. In our neighborhood when you drove down the street there were dead bodies on the side of the road covered up with nothing but sheets. It was like nothing I could have ever imagined.
K. Harter Family of 2
ID # 306
Wife - 17
Husband - 23
Originally from Kiln,
Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Port Crane, New York  12/01/05

Comments: We went to Florida and stayed in a rest area.
Richard Family of 2
ID # 307
Wife - 18
Husband - 20
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Port Crane, New York  12/01/05

Comments: We went to Niceville Florida and stayed at the rest area.
Taylor Family of 1
ID # 308
Female - Age 34
Originally from Beaumont, Texas

Adopted by a family in Houston, Texas  11/30/05

Comments: My evacuation wasn't as bad as many. My sister and her family evacuated to Dallas. She was able to return to her home, Mine wasn't  livable . The City of Houston is helping with housing, but I haven't been able to find any assistance with furniture. I would be happy just with a bed. I would really appreciate any kind of help. Thank you for this chance.
May Family of 4
ID # 309
Mother - Age 21
Father - Age 23
Children - 1 Boy - 3; 1 Girl - 2
Originally from Kiln, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Dover, New Hampshire  11/18/05

Comments: We stayed in a motel in Alabama.
C. Harter Family of 3
ID # 310
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 27
Children - 1 Girl - 14
Originally from Kiln, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Mathiston, Mississippi  12/09/05

Comments: We went Niceville Florida at a rest area.
Carroll Family of 5
ID # 311
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 46
Children - 2 Boys - 14, 13; 1 Girl - 16
Originally from Bogalusa, Louisiana
Comments: WE RODE OUT THE HURRICANE AT MY SISTERS HOUSE WHERE 2 TREES FELL THROUGH HER HOUSE DAMAGING THE WHOLE HOUSE. THERE WAS NO WHERE ELSE TO GO AS OUR PARISH WAS VERY UNORGANIZED AND WE HAD NO WAY OF LEAVING WITHOUT ENOUGH OF GAS TO MAKE IT. THE PARISH PRESIDENT SIGNED AN ORDER NOT ALLOWING ANY MORE GAS TO BE SOLD IN OUR PARISH AND WE ONLY HAD A QUARTER OF TANK OF GAS. MY SISTER AND HER HUSBAND AND THEIR 4 KIDS HAD A HALF OF TANK, AND MY MOTHER HAD A QUARTER ALSO. MY NIECE AND HER HUSBAND AND THEIR 2 KIDS WAS PAST EMPTY, SO WE SUCKED GAS OUT OF A BOAT MOTOR WE HAD TO GET THEM ENOUGH OF GAS TO LEAVE. WE ALL LEFT FOLLOWING EACH OTHER, WE LOOKED LIKE A CONVOY GOING DOWN THE INTERSTATE. WE DID NOT GET TO LEAVE TIL A WEEK AFTER THE HURRICANE HIT. IT WAS THE MOST TRAUMATIC THING WE HAVE EVER ENDURED IN OUR LIVES. WE FOLLOWED EACH OTHER AND WE MADE IT AS FOR AS WE COULD, WE EACH HAD $20 TO OUR NAMES. WE ENDED UP IN BATON ROUGE, MY SISTER IN TEXAS WHERE SHE STILL IS, MY MOTHER IN TENNESSEE WHERE SHE ALSO STILL IS, AND MY NIECE AND HER FAMILY WENT TO LEESVILLE LA AND LATER RETURNED TO BOGALUSA (WASHINGTON PARISH) A FEW DAYS AFTER WE DID. GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR HELPING US IN OUR TIME OF NEED! WE LOST ALOT IN THE HURRICANE LIKE SO MANY OTHERS DID, BUT WE STILL HAVE EACH OTHER AND WE ARE VERY BLESSED TO HAVE EVERYONE IN THE US HELPING ALL OF THE VICTIMS, YOU ALL ARE ANGELS!
Williams Family of 4
ID # 312
Mother - Age 22
Children - 2 Boys - 11, 1
Sister Age - 20
Originally from Marreo, Louisiana

Adopted by a Family in Harvey, Louisiana  11/22/05

Comments: My family and I, which include my brother, sister, and nephew, were all staying down in Marrero, LA until we decided to evacuate the day before Hurricane Katrina hit. We left and went to Houston, TX until we left there because of the threat of Hurricane Rita. We then ended up in Monroe, La where we are now. I am currently a college student here and my sister stays at home to watch her son and since she is 7 months pregnant it will probably be better for her to wait until after she has the baby to start working again. My brother is currently enrolled in school here in Monroe in the 5th grade. We have decided to stay out here since most of our family is now scattered across the U.S. there nothing for us to really go back to.
Lawrence Family of 4
ID # 313
Mother - Age 28
Father - Age 39
Children - 1 Boys - 5; 1 Girl - 7
Originally from Horn Lake, Mississippi

Adopted by Friends in Penfield/Webster
Rochester, New York 11/21/05

Comments: My family and I evacuated at 3 a.m. Sunday morning. we went to Laurel, Mississippi and got a hotel room. The storm hit in Laurel pretty hard too. Trees were down everywhere. The electricity was out in the whole town. There were no grocery stores open, and gas and ice were HOT items! After 3 days of spending way too much money on soup and noodles, and being little debited out, we decided to go to a shelter. It was the only place in town with electricity, and they had 3 hot meals a day. The down side was that it was a rodeo arena with a roll out floor over the dirt. The bathrooms were port-a-lets, and to bathe we washed where the horses were washed (with hoses and cold water). We grew weary, but were grateful. After about a week of the horse barn, a volunteer, who use to live in Clarksdale, came to rescue some of us after she found out about the shelter.  When I tell you it was like walking into the Ritz-Carlton, I tell you no lie. The people in that town pulled together and made us feel welcome. People of the community cooked for us everyday, good country cooking. Oh, I forgot to tell you that our last day in Laurel, my Fiancé was food poisoned, along with 30 other people. The shelter in Clarksdale, Mississippi was real nice. It wasn't crowded; we had inside plumbing, hot showers, and were supplied with everything we needed. My children started school, and my fiancé looked for work, but there was none to be found. A lady with family services came to do a workshop with the kids one day; we had been there about two weeks. She was from De Soto county, Mississippi. When we told of our finding work dilemma, she told us that where she lived was a  largely growing community, and we should check it out; so, we did! Our first day here we found a nice apartment, and my fiancé found a job. I know that God is with us, for it has shown every step of the way. With a little bit of patience, following his lead, and trusting him, all of our needs are being met. 
Bynum Family of 4
ID # 314
Mother - Age 31
Children - 3 Girls - 11, 4, 3 
Originally from Mize, Mississippi
Wiltz Family of 3
ID # 315
Mother - Age 31
Children - 1 Boy - 14; 1 Girl - 5 
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 11/14/05

Comments: I was home when the hurricane hit.  We lost power and did not know what was next, so I told my children to just get in the car in we in up in Ruston Louisiana. were I lived for about a month & half. The good Lord  watched over me long enough to make out of harms way, but after that my car just died  but I was able to make it back home. Times are hard for me and my family. I'm trying to do my best but sometimes it's just not enough. If some one can help my family, I will be great full. I would like to say thank you and God bless.
Hannah Family of 4
ID # 316
Mother - Age 46
Father - Age 53
Children - 1 Boy - 19; 1 Girl - 18 
Originally from Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by the Gregory Davis Memorial Foundation in Fountain Hills, AZ  11/22/05

Comments: Describing the impact from Katrina isn't easy. She spared no mercy for any of us. She did a hit and run and left this family a concrete slab. Life has changed for this family and many along the coast. My husband is a police officer and was injured during the recovery efforts after Katrina. And put on medical leave and now trying to support his family on a workman's comp check. I can't even express the words for www.katrina.com for such a wonderful gesture as this Angel tree. I don't know what this family would have done without the kindness and support from all over America for our recovery. I wish all the best in life and only ask for one thing this Christmas. Peace on earth. Happy Holidays to all this coming season. Love the Hannah Family in Mississippi!
Johnson Family of 5
ID # 317
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 Boy - 1; 2 Girls - 12, 5
Grandmother - Age 53 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Hawthorne, California  11/30/05

Comments: It was very horrifying never again do I want my family to go through loosing everything including my brother Gerald Johnson. He will never be able to be replaced. Even if no one adopts my family, may God always have many blessing for everyone.
Grace Family of 7
ID # 318
Mother - Age 25
Children - 2 Boys - 7, 2; 4 Girls - 11, 9, 3, 1
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania  11/16/05

Comments: I will move into my apartment on 11/30, I desperately need help with the furniture and a job so my kids could enjoy Christmas and I can get them the toys they deserve and want. PLEASE help me I just cant imagine how they would feel if  Christmas was ruined because of our displacement.
D. Turner Family of 3
ID # 319
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 28
Children - 1 Boy - 2
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Alexandria, Va 11/26/05

Comments: IT WAS VERY UNREAL, NOTHING THAT I COULD IMAGINE.
J. Turner Family of 2
ID # 320
Father - Age 21
Children - 1 Boy - 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Hope Way Head Start
Somerset, Kentucky 11/15/05

Comments: It was the most horrible feeling I ever felt.
Quinones Family of 5
ID # 321
Mother - Age 32
Children - 2 Boys - 8, 2; 2 Girls - 12, 11
Originally from Hollywood, Florida

Adopted by a family in
Stuart, Florida  12/17/05

Comments: I had to go to my moms for warm showers, but I couldn't stay because it was to crowded with the other siblings and grandchildren, It was so much commotion I could not take it nor could the kids so we went back home to where at least we had a home but no power. My family also went threw  hurricane Wilma. We went threw alot of suffering, no power no stove no ice in the stores and most important no gas to even drive around to try and find the things we needed. It was such a scary time for all of us. My son ended up in the hospital after getting hit with a baseball bat in the head, when trying to pass some time outside. He had, 11 stitches some inner the rest outer. I lost two weeks of work and now am even finding it hard to pay my light bill, even though we had no power for some time. Any help you can give not for me but for my kids will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Bui Family of 2
ID # 322
Mother - Age 59
Children - 1 Girl - 38
Originally from New Orleans, Florida

Adopted by a family in Shoreline, WA 11/27/05

Comments: I am filling out this form for my mother. She is a diabetic with high blood pressure and lives with my older sister who has allergies and irritable bowel syndrome. She also recently went to the hospital for stones in her gallbladder, right in the middle of hurricane Rita! My mom, sister & brother stayed back during hurricane Katrina (because they didn't know where to go and they never would believe something of this magnitude would happen). They were not rescued until Friday (Katrina hit on Monday) Needless to say they all went through a harrowing ordeal. My home which is a duplex (my mom lives on one side) has received damage. The house received about 2 feet of water and the ceiling collapsed in 2 rooms. There is mold everywhere! Everything of fabric is ruined (bed sheets, towels, clothes, mattresses, etc) My mom did not receive FEMA assistance because of a mix up in address (that's what they tell us) To this day, we have not heard from them. We only received Red Cross which is one time assistance. She is currently living with me in Metairie, Louisiana and she goes home everyday to clean up. She still wants to go home and live, mold or no mold... no place is like home I guess. She's been a bit blue since Katrina. She doesn't speak English and she doesn't know how to drive and they don't have a car. My sister had one but she left it behind. She was rescued by helicopter. She only had liability insurance on it and now it is flooded and will not start. So whenever there's a car available they clean the house. They come home tired and depressed. I wish I could do something to make it a little better for them, though my mother, as she is, won't let me do anything for her, "she's okay". If someone out there would like to be our "angel" please contact me? Thanks so much for reading, it's good to know that so many people out there care... God bless.
Ray Family of 5
ID # 323
Mother - Age 40
Children - 3 Boys - 15, 14, 9; 1 Girl - 20
Originally from Long Beach, Mississippi
Adopted by a Family from Wallingford, Pennsylvania 11/16/05
Comments: We only lived a few houses from the beach in Long Beach so I decided that leaving was for the best. We got a phone call from my ex-husband Tuesday morning telling me that there was nothing left of our house. My daughter fell apart because she is a music major in college and she lost her keyboard and her new wood clarinet. My boys lost everything with the exception of their play station (they took it to their cousins because they don't have one). It took over a month to find a new place to live after moving from place to place staying with friends all over. We now live in Biloxi and we are grateful, but it doesn't feel like home. I was raised in Long Beach and so were my children. They, like me, are just waiting for the day when we can finally go home. I personally don't need anything for Christmas. I just want to try and make this Christmas as happy as possible for my children. They have been thru so much and have been so calm and helpful thru all of this. If it weren't for them I would most likely be a real basket case right now. They are the ones who have been so strong. And to whom ever adopts them-God Bless You-you are a true angel
Bioud Family of 5
ID # 324
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 35
Children - 1 Girl - 6
Grandfather - Age 54
Great Grandfather - Age 80
Originally from Chalmette, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Muskego, Wisconsin  12/02/05

Comments: My father and grandfather stayed for the hurricane and were rescued, but my husband and child and I evacuated. We have found each other and we are all living in my fiancées house. My daughter lost every one of her toys, in the shelter someone gave her 4 Baby Sitter Club Little Sister Karen Books, by Ann Martin and she has become a reader. She would love to get more of these books. She also likes Brats and Barbie dolls.
Smith Family of 6
ID # 325
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 27
Children - 3 Boys - 6, 5, 3; 1 Girl - 7
Originally from Chalmette, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Edmonds, Washington  11/21/05

Comments: We had to get out of our damaged house, walk in water back to hotel with our children and be rescued by boat and taken to the Superdome. We saw dead bodies and little babies bodies in trash cans. That's something I don't want to see again. I THANK GOD FOR EVERY BODY THAT HELPED ME AND MY FAMILY AND I THANK YOU ALL
Trinidad Family of 4
ID # 326
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 40
Children - 1 Boy - 12
Grandmother - Age 72
Originally from New Orleans, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Furlong, Pennsylvania  12/12/05

Comments: MY MOTHER, SON AND I LEFT BEFORE THE STORM HIT. MY HUSBAND HAD TO WORK SO HE WAS STUCK IN THE STORM AT THE SUPERDOME. WE LOST EVERYTHING WE HAD WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GO BACK TO SEE OUR HOUSE BECAUSE WE WERE LIVING IN ONE OF THE MOST HARDEST HIT AREA. WE LIVED IN THE LOWER NINTH WARD AND THEY WILL NOT LEFT ANY ONE IN THERE. IT HAS BEEN HARD YOU GO TO BED ONE NIGHT AND EVERYTHING IS FINE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WORK SO HARD FOR THEN YOU WAKE UP AND ITS ALL GONE
Dominick Family of 4
ID # 327
Mother - Age 23
Father - Age 23
Children - 1 Girl - 19 Months
Grandmother - Age 51
Originally from New Orleans, Mississippi

Adopted by the 3rd Grade CCD class at Our Lady of Consolation Church  12/02/05

Comments: We were rescued after 3 days in my house and flood waters were up the stairs. We had no food,  water, or pampers for the baby. It was a horrible experience. After sitting on the roof top to be rescued, they brought  my family to the Convention Center and that is where our nightmare begun. You can't imagine what I saw.  I just knew we were going to die because we had no help or security.   How could our city do this to us. My daughter passed out I just can't explain everything we went through. But all we know is we are BLESSED because we are still alive to tell our Testimony.  Please make my wishes come true for the holidays. At this point we are homeless living from hotel to hotel.
S. Scales Family of 2
ID # 328
Mother - Age 21
Children - 1 Girl - 4
Originally from New Orleans, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Wilmington, Delaware 11/29/05

Comments: Me and my baby was save by the grace of god Thank You Jesus.
McLeod Family of 6
ID # 329
Mother - Age 42
Children - 3 Girls - 19, 12, 4; 1 Boy - 7
Grandson - 15 Months
Originally from McLain, Mississippi
C. Scales Family of 3
ID # 330
Mother - Age 43
Children - 2 Boys -16, 18
Grandson - 15 Months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Unadopted ... unable to reach family 12/12/05

Comments: We were rescue from the hotel and brought to the Reliant center.
Lennox Family of 3
ID # 331
Mother - Age 50
Children - 1 Boy - 18; 1 Girl - 20
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: I was separated from my family but  was with friends. We were rescued from the flooded streets of New Orleans onto a rescue boat sponsored by the Louisiana Coast Guard. Then we were taken to the Louisiana Superdome where we were then bussed to Houston, TX. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. GOD BLESS!!!
Eugene Family of 1
ID # 332
Female - Age 44
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Middletown, Rhode Island  12/15/05

Comments: I was rescued by boat and it almost turned over. My Experience from the storm is a shock because I  have no home to go to as it was under water.  I thank God for letting me live to see another day but I hope that the families of those who did not make it can start over .
Gioia Family of 3
ID # 333
Mother - Age 28
Father - Age 28
Children - 1 Baby Girl due Christmas Eve
Originally from St. Bernard, Louisiana
Adopted by a Family from Eau Claire, Wisconsin 11/16/05
Comments: We evacuated on Sunday, August 28th to Alexandria. My brother works for the Sheriff's Dept, so he had to stay behind, which terrified us. We moved to a hotel in Baton Rouge after the storm hit and stayed there until October 12th. Now my family is scattered everywhere. We have a baby girl due in December and we have no clue what the future holds for us. The person that is letting us stay in his apartment will return at the end of December, so from that point on, we don't know where we'll be. But we'll make it. God will never give you more than you can handle. Thank you for any help and God Bless you all.
Steele Family of 8
ID # 334
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 26
Children - 5 Boys 12, 11, 5, 9, 2 Months;
1 Girl 2 
Originally from Meraux, Louisiana

Adopted by Professional Insurance in
San Carlos, California  12/15/05

Comments: Left the day before and had to leave behind 3 family pets and all personal items.  Lost our  home in St Bernard Parish. Have been taking it one day at a time trying to say good bye to our old lives and fit in another place who can't seem to understand we are just different. Trying to make life normal for the children.
Mercer Family of 3
ID # 335
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 33
Children - 1 Girl 13 
Originally from Violet, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Somerville, Massachusetts  12/14/05

Newman Family of 7
ID # 336
Mother - Age 47
Children - 3 Boys 15, 13, 11; 2 Girls 9, 7
Grandfather - Age 70 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Howard Family of 4
ID # 337
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 50
Children - 1 Boy 16; 1 Girl 17
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: Air lifted out. Are living in apt. until I get a bigger apt. 
Lewis Family of 2
ID # 338
Mother - Age 31
Children - 1 Boy 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Wellsville, UT 11/26/05

Bynum Family of 4
ID # 339
Mother - Age 31
Children - 3 Girls 11, 4, 3
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by several families in
Pearland, Texas  12/15/05

Snyderman Family of 3
ID # 340
Mother - Age 45
Children - 1 Boy 18: 1 Girl 9 
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by a family in
Arnold, Maryland  12/12/05

Comments: We stayed home until a tree fell on our roof then we ran to our car and got caught in flood. The car stalled and we ran down the street until we found someone who took us to safety. If you could please help with my sons Christmas I would truly appreciate it. I'm doing what I can with work, but it is a little hard  depending on someone for transportation and taking me to doctors. Thank you for reading this post. 
Glaser Family of 2
ID # 341
Mother - Age 40
Children - 1 Boy 2 
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana
Adopted by a Family from Eau Claire, Wisconsin 11/16/05
Comments: I WAS TAKEN TO THE SLIDELL RED CROSS SHELTER AT THE JOHN SLIDELL PARK. I  STAYED ON TO RIDE OUT THE STORM. I THOUGHT IT WOULD TURN AND MOVE ON JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHERS. MY EX HUSBAND TOOK MY 2 YR OLD SON WITH HIM TO INDIANA. I WAS NOT ABLE TO SEE OR LOCATE MY SON FOR OVER 90 DAYS. I WAS VERY STRESSED, HUNGRY AND VERY LONELY ON TOP OF ALL THE STRESS THAT HURRICANE KATRINA HAD JUST PUT US ALL THOUGH. I JUST PRAY THAT SOMEONE WILL ADOPT US AND GIVE MY LITTLE BOY A BETTER CHRISTMAS THEN I COULD PROVIDE FOR HIM. ALL HIS LITTLE TOYS AND LITTLE CLOTHES WHERE ALL DESTROYED IN THE FLOOD. I JUST WANT HIM TO HAVE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY. DADS NOW OUT OF THE PICTURE AND HAS ANOTHER WIFE AND CHILD NUMBER 3 ON THE WAY. DAD SAYS HE HAS NO MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS. ON TOP OF ALL THIS DAVY HAS TO TAKE IRON PILLS AND HAS ASMATHA ATTACKS AND HAS TO HAVE BREATHING TREATMENTS DAILY. PLEASE ADOPT MY LITTLE BOY. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS EVERYONE
Bedney Family of 3
ID # 342
Mother - Age 48
Children - 1 Boy 18; 1 Girl 6 1/2 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by the Beacon of Light Healing & Sea of Bamboo Healing & Restoration in Petaluma, California  12/09/05

Lee Family of 3
ID # 343
Mother - Age 42
Children - 1 Boy 10; 1 Girl 7 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by several families of
Michigan State University  12/09/05

Comments: WE LEFT HOME THE DAY BEFORE HURRICANE KATRINA HIT NEW ORLEANS. WE STAYED AT THE SHERATON ON CANAL STREET DOING THE HURRICANE .THE DAY AFTER WE LEFT THE SHERATON HOTEL BECAUSE THE WATER WAS RISING .WE WENT TO A SHELTER FOR TWO DAYS WITH MY SISTER AND HER 3 KIDS IN GONZALES LA. AFTER THE TWO DAYS WE MET UP WITH MY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS IN BATON ROUGE LA AND NOW WE ARE BACK IN NEW ORLEANS IN THE SHERATON HOTEL LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY.  WE ARE IN JEFFERSON PARISH BUT IT IS HARD LIVING IN A HOTEL WITH 2 KIDS. I PUT MY KIDS IN SCHOOL IN JEFFERSON LA. I LOST MY CAR BECAUSE MY ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON THE DAY BEFORE SO I LEFT MY CAR TO SCARED TO TAKE IT ON THE ROAD .WE LOST EVERYTHING. 
Booker Family of 6
ID # 344
Mother - Age 34
Father - Age 31
Children - 2 Boys 17, 16; 2 Girls 12, 14 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Williamsville, New York  12/02/05

Comments: My family went through HELL. We walked about two miles to get to the superdome thinking once we get there we could rest. When we made it, kids and adults were crying because they were tired. We went in and it was a mass people were selling water for two dollars a cup. It was a nasty mass didn't think we were going to make it out. Stood in line for days waiting for buses, at night kids were in line standing trying to sleep in line. I think God for bring use to a safe place Baytown Texas.
Claiborne Family of 6
ID # 345
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 42
Children - 2 Boys 9, 2; 2 Girls 13, 11 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by the Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley Troop # 1633 in
Yardley, Pennsylvania  12/05/05

Comments: I WAS IN THE SUPERDOME FROM THERE I WAS PUT ON A BUS TO DALLAS THAT IS SOMETHING I WOULD NOT WISH ON ANYONE
Featherston Family of 9
ID # 346
Mother - Age 42
Father - Age 47
Children - 2 Boys 16, Baby Boy Due in March; 4 Girls 18, 13, 10, 6 
Originally from Moss Point, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Wallingford, Pennsylvania  11/18/05

Comments: The children were sent up north with their grandparents. We made the unfortunate decision to stay. We will never stay again. It was horrifying. The storm surge came farther inland than anybody had ever thought it would. It met up with inland waters and just flooded everything. The winds were howling and large debris including trees blowing everywhere. After the wind and water were gone there was a horrible heat wave with temps in the high 90's and oppressive humidity for many days. Many people had lost their Hurricane supplies in the storm but here in Mississippi there was an incredible sense of hospitality and sharing. Neighbor helping neighbor abounded. The homes and churches that had little damage were filled with people sharing their resources. Anybody with a working generator was very popular!!! It was an incredible Life's Lesson for the kid's. There is a big need for shoes and winter clothing. Also any Full sized sheets, towels & washcloths are appreciated. Thank you and God Bless.....
Jackson  Family of 2
ID # 347
Mother - Age 28
Children - 1 Girls 4 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Grand High SADD Club in
Dry Prong, Louisiana  12/02/05

Comments: My family and I evacuated the Sunday before the storm. We first evacuated to Bermont TX, Then came to Huntsville Al. because of hurricane Rita.
Turner  Family of 3
ID # 348
Mother - Age 48
Father - Age 48
Children - 1 Boy 21 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Miami, Florida  12/18/08

*** This family was adopted and then asked to be taken off the Angel Tree ... a local church has helped them out - and they are doing fine now ... Thanks to the Turner Family for sharing these adopters with someone else in need!  ***

Comments: Devastation, horrible the worse experience
Williams Family of 1
ID # 349
Female - Age 44
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Sonora, California  11/29/05

Comments: We evacuated to Houston me my Aunt who is handicapped and 3 of my cousins. We stayed at a motel for about 3 days but it was to expensive to stay there. A friend of my cousin let us stay at his house which was nice but only 2 bedrooms 1 bath we were cramped. We  had a hard time getting around gas was high and everything was so far. Then my uncle joined us (he was on the roof of his home for 2 days ), things were tight since there were so many of us and finally I was able to get in contact with my brother who let me come to Georgia with him, but couldn't get out for a couple of days , planes were tied up, no buses were running them finally Greyhound started running and I got a bus to Conyers, Georgia it was a 22 hour trip by bus but I was exhausted and grateful. I am single, parents deceased, sister deceased, not much family. Grateful for my brother and his family. Not sure how to handle this not sure what to do , never thought this would happen.
Longpre Family of 5
ID # 350
Mother - Age 32
Children - 4 Boys 19, 18, 16, 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: Sleeping in the car for 4 days was hard for me and to see my children cry. We had to ask the manger of home depot if  we could sleep in the parking lot Mr. Don was so nice to us I LOVE HIM FOR THAT Please just help me with some coats because someone told me it will be cold up here.
Rainey Family of 2
ID # 351
Mother - Age 21
Children - 1 Girl 4
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Virginia Beach, Virginia  12/06/05

Comments: On 8-28-05 hurricane Katrina took the place we call home away form us. A sad story for every body like me and my family 7 children and 8 adults were trapped in my home for three days after katrina. With no way to get out wondering how we  were going to get out of there. It was sad to say that there was no one to help us. The was help out there but they were not trying to help the kids.
Malone Family of 4
ID # 352
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 36
Children - 2 Girls - 13, 8
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana
Comments: MY GIRLS AND I FLED HURRICANE KATRINA  SATURDAY BEFORE SHE HIT. WE ENDED UP IN LAFAYETTE, LA. NEAR THE TEXAS BORDER. WE STAYED THERE FOR 5 DAYS IN A SMALL CAMPER AND LEFT FOR LAFAYETTE, LA. WE WERE THERE WITH A FRIEND'S COUSIN FOR A WEEK. WE WERE THEN TAKEN IN BY A CHURCH SHELTER FOR A FEW DAYS IN LAFAYETTE. I LEFT THE GIRL'S IN THE CARE OF A FRIEND SO THAT I COULD RETURN TO WORK AS A NURSE WHERE I WAS RESIDING. MY GIRLS WERE THEN TAKEN TO MELVILLE, LA WHERE THEY STAYED WITH RELATIVES UNTIL I RETURNED. I RETURNED FROM MY JOB TO MELVILLE AND COMMUTED BACK AND FORTH JUST TO CONTINUE WITH MY JOB CONTINUITY/INCOME. IN THE MIDST OF ALL THESE MOVES, WE WERE ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME FOR A FEW HOURS. MY HOME THAT I BUILT A YEAR AGO WAS FLOODED AND ROOF DAMAGED. MY CAR WAS FLOODED. THE TOLL HAS BEEN AN EMOTIONAL STRESSOR FOR ALL OF US AND HOPE TO REGAIN SOME OF MY/OUR LIVES BACK. I'M STILL WAITING FOR INSURANCE AS MY HOME IS CURRENTLY BEING "GUTTED". LIFE I KNOW WILL RETURN, HOWEVER, IT HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE HARDSHIP FOR US, LOT OF TEARS AND HUGS. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING TO HELP US AND OTHERS.
Clay Family of 5
ID # 353
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 35
Children - 1 Boy - 12; 2 Girls 14, 13
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: The worst experience of my life. Every time I think about it or talk about it just depresses me all over again. That experience made us stronger because you would think that people would come save you, but that didn't happen. We had find our own way to safety or we would have just died out there.
Sylve Family of 3
ID # 354
Mother - Age 28
Father - Age 31
Children - 1 Girl 10 Months
Originally from Violet, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Akron, Ohio  12/05/05

Comments: The worst day of my life when you have to save yourself.
Burke Family of 3
ID # 355
Mother - Age 53
Father - Age 56
Children - 1 Girl 16
Originally from St. Bernard, Louisiana
Comments: We took heed to the evacuation. We left Sunday, August 28, Katrina hit the following morning. We went back home 6 weeks later to find everything devastated. I have nothing to go back home to.
Penton Family of 
ID # 356
Mother - Age 42
Children - 1 Boy 17
Originally from Mandeville, Louisiana

Adopted by a Business from
Chesapeake, Virginia 11/17/05

Comments: We left the day of the storm.  It has been a very dramatic experience.  We have lost a lot but we have each other.  We have never experienced this cold weather and are not prepared here in Connecticut.  We really need help.  Our family is all going through the same and I can not ask them for help.  Anything is greatly appreciated.
J. Johnson Family of 4
ID # 357
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 34
Children - 2 Boys 15, 12
Originally from St. Bernard, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Burbank, California  12/15/05

Comments: WE DID NOT KNOW THE STORM WAS GOING TO BE AS BAD AS IT WAS SO WE ONLY PACKED ENOUGH CLOTHING FOR  THREE DAYS.  WE LEFT THE DAY BEFORE IT HIT. OUR HOME WAS IN ST. BERNARD PARISH. WE COULD NOT RETURN THERE FOR 6 WEEKS AND THEN ONLY TO  SALVAGE WHAT WE COULD. UNFORTUNATELY THE ROOF OF OUR HOUSE WAS TORN OFF FROM THE FRONT TO THE BACK AND THERE WAS NOTHING TO SAVE. TO THIS DAY OUR HOME AND THE THINGS IN IT ARE STILL BEING RAINED UPON. WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A HOME HERE IN MEMPHIS BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE YEARS TO REBUILD OUR PARISH. ANY KIND OF HELP WOULD BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
Hicks Family of 3
ID # 358
Mother - Age 47
Father - Age 50
Children - 1 Girl 7 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Vancouver, Washington  12/13/05

Martin Family of 5
ID # 359
Mother - Age 26
1 Boy 10; 3 Girls 8, 7, 4 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by ACN, Inc. in
Huntersville, North Carolina  11/21/05

Comments: How ironic? When my sister asked me what time it was on the morning of the hurricane, I remember looking at the time on the cell phone. It was 9:11 am. Just then I heard my boyfriend yell for us to come on because the pressure from the water bust the door down. The water was immediately up to our necks. We jumped out of the window onto his car and then we hopped onto the roof. The water level was almost above the rooftop. Once there we all just cried and wondered what we do next. Our children were not with us, they were with family, thank God. We all decided that we wanted to live and that we would make it out safe and we did. We used floating debris and trees to help us make it from one rooftop to the other. As we prayed, more and more debris floated our way. It was as if God was making a way out of no way for us to get to safety. After eight rooftops we finally got to a two-story house where we kicked the door in and stayed until we were rescued. We took of the contaminated and wet clothes, took a bath, put on dry clothes and made signs for help. We slept in beds until the next morning when we were rescued. From there we went from place to place, vowing to never get separated. That's how we got to Georgia. Our families are safe, our kids are safe and we are thankful to be alive. Before the hurricane, I had a hysterectomy because I had fibroids. The storm came while I was still recovering so my body hasn't healed properly. I am under the care of a doctor now and have an ultrasound at the end of this month. My children are my world and they help out alot when I'm sick. This whole ordeal will be hard to forget but we are just trying to get back on our feet. I am thankful for all who have helped out. God Bless You. Thanks to everyone who's lending a hand and helping the victims of the Hurricanes. May God continue to bless you.
Quintero Family of 5
ID # 360
Mother - Age 49
Father - Age 54
Children - 1 Boy 24; 2 Girls 9, 4 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Georgetown, TX 11/27/05

Comments: My experience due to Hurricane Katrina has been unbearable and traumatic. First of all I lost everything I owned. All of my most memorable possessions have deteriorated in the flood. This includes all pictures, antique furniture, everything. My eldest son passed away as well as my Pomeranian dog of five years due to the hurricane. My nine year old daughter Danielle constantly asks about her dog and brother, and I tell her "there both in heaven". Everyday I cry. I never thought that I would be living like this. Now I know the true meaning of Hard Times. I pray continuously that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. I've been from pillar to post. I've lived in a shelter in Dallas for two weeks, as well as living in four different hotels since the hurricane. I'm finally settled in an apartment, but i just feel so out of place, especially during the holiday season. My only request or wish is for someone to help me find a dog similar to the red pom dog we had, because my daughter is miserable. Can someone Please help me. I would appreciate anything that anyone can provide for me and my family during this time of devastation.
Montgomery Family of 5
ID # 361
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 40
Children - 2 Boys 9, 5; 1 Girl 13 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Hill Family of 5
ID # 362
Mother - Age 39
Father - Age 47
Children - 2 Boys 16,21; 1 Girl 19 
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana
Comments: Because God had put it in my heart that I needed to leave my home and I had the transportation I did just that the day before the storm and went to Mississippi by my sister. Unfortunately Mississippi caught some of what katrina had to offer. We were stuck there with no lights to see at night no water to bath or to flush the toilet no food because the food that we had had spoiled because there was no electricity. We couldn't leave the area because we were blocked in because big trees had fallen and blocked the roadway and power lines were down everywhere. I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has put fort every opportunity to help those of us that is affected by hurricane Katrina and Rita.
Tucker Family of 5
ID # 363
Mother - Age 25
Children - 3 Boys 4, 3, 2; 1 Girl 5 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Weavenworth, Washington  11/29/05

Comments:  MY KIDS AND I LEFT BEFORE THE STORM SO WE FORTUNATELY DIDN'T HAVE TO BE RESCUED. HOWEVER THE AFTER MATH WASN'T AS EASY. WE WERE LEFT WITH NO WHERE TO GO NO MONEY AND STILL TO THIS DAY, I HAVEN'T THE SLIGHTEST IDEA WHERE MY HUSBAND IS SO IT'S BEEN RATHER ROUGH MANAGING 4 KIDS BY MYSELF. IN ADVANCE, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO EXTEND BLESSING TO YOU AND EVERYONE THAT HAS REACHED OUT TO HELP ME AND MY FAMILY AND ALL THE OTHER EVACUEES FROM HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA. MAY GOD ENLARGE YOUR TERRITORIES AND POUR OUT BLESSINGS FOR YEARS TO COME ON ALL OF YOU.
Cooper Family of 2
ID # 364
Father - Age 22
Children - 1 Girl 6
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana

Adopted by a Business from Chesapeake, Virginia 11/17/05

Collins Family of 3
ID # 365
Mother - Age 22
Children - 1 Boy 1; 1 Girl 5
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in San Diego, CA 11/22/05

Comments: DEVASTATING
Roberts Family of 1
ID # 366
Female - Age 38
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Jacksonville, Florida  12/06/05

Comments: I evacuated about 13 hours before the storm hit to a friend's fathers house in Memphis, When I learned I could not go back I went to Dallas to stay with friends for a few weeks. I went back to my house once 70118 was open and found it had flooded with about 5 feet outside and three feet inside. Even at the level I lost all my clothes, furniture, food, pet stuff, etc. I was terminated from my position in mid September and am now living with a wonderful friend who took me and my two dogs and three cats in in Palm Springs, CA and am looking for a new job. I could use resume paper, an interview outfit and pet supplies at this time. I also understand how fortunate I am compared to others so I am not really expecting anything. Regardless- please continue to take care of and advocate for the people of the Gulf Coast as it seems America has a short attention span.
Fletcher Family of 4
ID # 367
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 29
Children - 2 Boys 5, 22 Months
Originally from Waveland, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Auburn, New Hampshire  11/18/05

Comments: We lost our whole house as you can see from the news. Our house was swept away by Katrina, We were unable to save anything. The boys are having a hard time understanding why they can't go home. We lost everything and have been unable to get any assistance. We have found a house after the 1st of the year and hope to be able to move and get settled so the boys can get back on a normal schedule.
Darvin Family of 10
ID # 368
Mother - Age 46
Father - Age 46
Children - 2 boys - 12 & 11; 6 girls - 3 weeks, 23 months (twins), 2, 2 months & 25 
Originally from Long Beach, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Wiggins, Mississippi  12/03/05

Comments:   Please excuse the length, but I have so much to say. My ancestors were some of the first people to settle on the gulf coast. My entire family is based here, with over 500 members and growing. My three daughters, born and raised here, have learned that they can conquer anything as long as they have each other to rely on. Hurricane Katrina took that security away from them. Due to the fact that we chose to buy homes in the same neighborhood to remain close, each and everyone of us lost our homes. Or as my 2 yr. old granddaughter says, our homes are broke. After the storm, we were searching for any type of housing that would keep us together. Even though we had each lost everything, we were grateful to be together and optimistic about the future. We thought we had overcome the worst of it, until we learned that there was no housing whatsoever available within 200 miles of our homes. Everyday my grandchildren ask their mothers when they will get to go home. Before the storm, my daughters have never been apart. Everything they have ever done has been together, even being pregnant at the same time with all of their children. Now they have been ripped apart. My 24 yr old daughter has decided to remain on the coast with extended family. My 23 year old daughter relocated to Colorado with her two children (my grandson was 3 weeks old when they lost their home) because that is the only place her husband was offered housing. My 27 year old daughter, who was 8 months pregnant when the storm hit, was able to find housing in Baton Rouge, LA. She and her husband moved their with her two preteen sons and her 2 yr old twins. On Oct. 27 she gave birth to my granddaughter without her sisters by her side. Needless to say, we are all having a hard time being optimistic about the future. It seems that everything is keeping us apart and alone. Everyday we are dealt another blow, from being unanimously denied by state farm insurance to each of us receiving MS power bills stating that each house owes hundreds of dollars.

I hope that when you read our story you understand how traumatic this has been for my family. Everyday they wake up wondering what else will be taken from them. I am not asking you to give them expensive gifts, I am asking for you to give them hope. Please show them the kindness that they need to know is out there. I know that they are all strong enough to do whatever they have to do to survive, but they cannot do it alone. The reason I am writing this is because I fear that my children will become convinced that there is only evil in the world. I do not want them to harden their hearts for protection. My children have always been kind, trusting, and willing to do anything to help someone in need. Please let them know that there are people out there who will do the same for them. Give the gift of hope to my children and grandchildren, and I will be grateful for the rest of my life.

Jarreau Family of 2
ID # 369
Mother - Age 26
Children - 1 girl - 8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina  12/12/05

Comments: Thank God, I didn't go through the superdome mess, I left a couple of days before katrina hit with my mother and we came here to my aunts house, and after awhile things have began to get very unbearable my mother is gone but me and my other sister are here. I cant find housing anywhere in baton rouge. I am always having horrible headaches and take so many goody headache powders a week. I've been back and forth to the doctor because of a lot of pain I'm having, i need some burdens lifted off me, if you all can help it will be much appreciated. I AM IN NEED AND HOPEFULLY YOUR ASSISTANCE WILL GIVE ME A PUSH AND HEAD START FOR A NEW BEGINNING. THANK You
Carr Family of 3
ID # 370
Mother - Age 23
Father - Age 25
Children - 1 girl - 7 months
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in Bogalusa, LA 11/23/05

Comments:   We evacuated to a friends house in northern MS and when we finally made it back to the coast everything we had was ruined due to water damage. I think it was almost worse because everything was still there and in one piece but we knew it was ruined. We are now in MD where my husband has a job, but most of our money is going to the way we are living. We eat out alot because we are in a hotel until we can find a place and we have no decent way to cook food. We are trying to find a place and because of our credit we are having a really hard time of it.
Morgan Family of 11
ID # 371
Mother - Age 28
Father - Age 28
Children - 4 boys - 10, 5, 9, 2 months
5 girls - 7, 1, 6, 3, 24 months
Originally from Dallas Texas
Comments:    We GOT OUT BY A BOAT, EVACUATION WAS A REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE.  WE ARE VERY THANKFUL.
Davis Family of 3
ID # 372
Mother - Age 23
Children - 2 girls - 6 & 11 months
Originally from Purvis, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Livingston, Louisiana 11/18/05

Comments:   I lived with my grandparents in Purvis, MS when we experienced hurricane Katrina. A tree fell through the roof of my grandparents home and everything got water damaged. We were without lights, food, and water for weeks. My fiancé got a job offer in Laramie Wyoming which is were we are now struggling. We don't have a car so we have been renting a car from Enterprise since September and it has really hurt us financially. Its really been hard to keep food in the house because because of rent, other bills and having to rent a car so that my child don't have to walk to school in the cold because the bus wont pick her up. Its been really hard on me as a parent not knowing what me and my family will eat at the end of the day. My fiancé is the only one working at the time because we cannot afford to by our 11 month old in daycare. Even though things are hard right now, I am trying to stay strong for my kids. I continue to pray that my children will have a good Christmas although I know it wont be what my six year old want it to be. She understands what is going on in our life and know that we are struggling right now and is not asking to much for Christmas this year. I only hope that we would be able to get some of the little things that she wants. All I want for Christmas is for my kids to have a great time and to be able to get back on my feet.  Thanks for your time and concern!
Miller Family of 5
ID # 373
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 31
Children - 2 boys - 11 & 7, 1 girl - 13
Originally from Arabi, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Dayton, MD 11/28/05

Comments:   We left at 11:00a.m. that Sunday and was in the woods for six days. We followed some friends to an uncle's house in Baton Rouge in a 3 bedroom home with 32 people and finally to a hotel room now. We were very scared and worried about our parents. We didn't find them until a week later. When we left we had a few clothes, a couple of bags of groceries to eat while on the road because we had no clue where to go. We had 300.00 dollars left from my husband's check and gas was hard to find. We left 1 vehicle behind and everything else. What was I to fit in a 96' Ford explorer with 5 of us and a dog? God just said don't look back. We went to Hackley, LA in the woods without power and water with 32 people. We had to bath and shave in a pond. My kids thought we were nuts and had no clue of what was going on. We had no communication until a week later with a friends' cell finally started to work so that we could locate our parents.  Our home in St. Bernard is totally destroyed. Our house went completely under water. We lost everything.
Legaux Family of 5
ID # 374
Mother - Age 43
Children - 1 boy  - 6; 1 Girl - 2
Grandmother - Age 72
Grandmother - Age 73
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by two families in
Palo Alto, California  12/05/05

Comments:   I am a mother of 3 children. I am a teacher who worked in New Orleans when the hurricane hit. I live in La Place, but lost my job and am waiting for the school system to call me back to work. My parents are with me now because they lost everything as well as my sister and her family. FEMA said I could not get any of the expedited funds because I still have a house to live in. We went back to my parents house to meet with the adjuster. The gentleman told me they won't receive much, maybe about 5 to 6 thousand for the roof. To replace the roof is going to cost more than 12 thousand. They didn't have flood insurance. So they lost everything. Thanksgiving and Christmas has always been at my parents home. But this year I guess it will be with me but because I am waiting for the School Board to call me back, the holiday celebrations will be slim. I have other family members that were displaced as well and are going to be here for the holidays, I want things to be nice not just for my babies but for my mom and dad the most.
Lauer Family of 2
ID # 375
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 boy  - 12
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Melbourne, Florida  12/02/05

Wolstenholme Family of 4
ID # 376
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 40
Children - 2 boys  - 11, 8
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana

Adopted by a group of employees of  the Babe Ruth League in
Lawrenceville, New Jersey  11/29/05

Comments: We had the opportunity to evacuate, but I worked for a hotel 2 blocks from the Superdome and my General Manager called me as most of the staff had left. We still had almost 70 guests in house. So my fiancé, my 2 boys, our German Shepard, our cat and I checked into the hotel. We ended up being stranded there for 5 days. We had food, water, shelter which was a lot more than most did. We made sure that our guests had 3 meals a day and we did what we could to keep our spirits up.. On Friday September 2nd, three Wild life and fishery guys who had been given large guns, smashed out the doors of the hotel and terrified everyone and forced people to leave the hotel. My family and I, along with the General manager and a couple of other people did not leave as they were only willing to give us 5 minutes to get ready. We locked down the hotel as best we could and the following morning were able to leave in our vehicles as the water had receded enough to allow us to drive out. I was disgusted by the behavior of the rescuers and of both local and national government but heartened by the American people. We relocated to New Jersey as my fiancé has family here and we could get the boys back to a normal life quickly. But it has been hard for me to find a job so my fiancé returned to New Orleans to make money to pay our bills. We found a house which allows us to have our dog - we refused to leave him - but the cost of living here is a real shock. I thank the American people for all their prayers and for reminding the people from the gulf coast that they are not forgotten. My ex-husband just called me to tell me that he will not be able to come to see the boys for Thanksgiving as he cannot afford the plane ticket and this is very tough for my boys.
P. Howard Family of 8
ID # 377
Mother - Age 49
Father - Age 44
Children - 2 boys  - 21, 18; 1 Girl - 30
3 Granddaughters - 13, 12, 8
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana
Comments: We evacuated to Saucier Elementary and it was very scary  watching everything being ripped apart and hearing the noise as the awning and tin were being picked up like paper by such powerful winds and using our clothes to try to stop the rushing water that was flowing in the doors. We appreciate everyone who has done anything to help us keep the faith in the people in this day and time.
S. Howard Family of 3
ID # 378
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 20
Children - 1 boy  - 20 Months
Originally from Saucier, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Lansing, Michigan  12/09/05

Comments: We went to a shelter with my family and I have never been more scared in my whole life sitting holding on to our baby who was scared even though he could not understand why he was so scared.
Mitchell Family of 7
ID # 379
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 30
Children - 4 boys  - 13, 9, 6, 2; 1 Girl - 13
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: We went to the interstate and rode with the Coast Guard.
Cuthbert Family of 1
ID # 380
Female - Age  40
Originally from Long Beach,
Mississippi

Adopted by a family in Gonzales, LA  11/22/05

Preatto Family of 6
ID # 381
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 38
Children - 2 boys - 6, 5 Months;
2 Girls - 8, 2
Originally from Marrero, Louisiana
Comments: Evacuated to higher grounds along with 35 family members in a 5 bedroom house just to be trapped without running water and electric for 2 days. We managed to escape by moving and cutting trees along the way to settle down 36 hours later in Chicago, Ill. God Bless you and thank you for your support of others and our family.
Barker Family of 5
ID # 382
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 30
Children - 1 boy - 8;, 1 Girl - 7
Grandmother - Age 52
Originally from Tickfaw, Louisiana

Adopted by All Saints Episcopal Church in Ponchatoula, LA 11/28/05

Comments: We have a hole in our roof and 2 windows out. Central air and heat were damaged when trees hit the unit and our car was lost to a tree also. We have no transportation but we still have our lives. We have an income 579.00 month for Judy and 579.00 for Henry and can use the help.
Saizan Family of 7
ID # 383
Mother - Age 37
Children - 2 boys - 19, 21;
2 Girls -15, 8
Grandson - 8 Months
Daughter-in-Law - Age 20
Originally from Hammond, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Hamden, Connecticut  12/07/05

Comments: The night before katrina we left home and stayed at a make shift shelter with friends and ended up staying for over two weeks because we had no electric or water and a tree had fallen on the mobile home we live in causing damage to the living room and kitchen I've patched it the best I could for now but it broke a beam in the ceiling I applied for assistance from FEMA but got turned down. They said I have insufficient damage I'm a single mother of four and also have my young daughter in law and grandson living with me now because her family lost most of their home in the storm. It is hard to get back on my feet again with six children but we are blessed that we are together and out of harms way may god bless anyone who has been affected by the storms.
Quintero Family of 4
ID # 384
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 34
Children - 1 boy - 10, 1 girl - 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Beachwood, Ohio  12/01/05

Comments: It was a terrible experience. My two children and my husband suffered in the Superdome. We were dehydrated and very hungry. I would not want to relive those days ever again. It is very difficult to keep your children safe when the basic needs for survival are not present.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Vann Family of 7
ID # 385
Mother - Age 47
Children - 3 boys - 8, 9, 1; 2 girls - 19, 21
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Somerville, Massachusetts  12/14/05

Comments: To whom may concern, thanks for adopting my family every little thing will be appreciated.
S. Shelling Family of 4
ID # 386
Mother - Age 49
Father - Age 50
Children - 2 Girls - 9, 21
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: We had to stay with my 88 year old aunt and disable sister in the St. Bernard Housing Projects but when we heard on the radio if you can get to the interstate please do so. When I went out-side I saw the water rising we tried to walk though but the water was to high and my wife was panicking and my baby though she could swim in that water so I knew I had to find something to put them in I saw a refrigerator floating by I put my aunt in the bottom and my baby in the freezer my daughter and sister walked but I had to put my wife on my back. We walk around until I saw a boat tied down and I asked the owner could he give us a ride to the Interstate where the Coast Guard put us on a Military truck and brought us to the causeway where to a Caravan that took us to the Baton Rouge and from there we where brought to the Brown Convention Center. We thank God that he sent that freezer floating by and that man with that boat and the Coast Guards that got US OUT OF THERE. Now we are in Georgia isn’t GOD GOOD? We lost everything we need cloths transportation food and anything you can help us with.
Banks Family of 3
ID # 387
Mother - Age 21
Children - 2 Boys - 1, 3
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by a family in
Grand Bay, Alabama  12/05/05

U. Shelling Family of 2
ID # 388
Mother - Age 32
Children - 1 Girl - 3 Months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Gaithersburg, Maryland  11/20/05

Comments: I had to take my two week old baby walking thought that water to the Super Dome. The people went mad and it look like the world had came to an end. People didn't have anywhere to go. They where killing people while trying to evacuate. When we got to the Super Dome it took us a hour to get in. I just knew the world had ended. The first night I set up all night holding my baby I didn't use the bathroom because they where raping people and it was filthy so I didn't drink any water. The second night I set up they were running around stealing from people. I set up four nights holding my baby crying begging God to get us out of that hell hole.
Silby Family of 6
ID # 389
Mother - Age 34
Children - 1 Boy - 16;
4 Girls - 17, 15, 14, 13
Originally from Chelmett, Louisiana
Comments: I got a ride to the Cajun Dome and it didn't take us long at all to get in then we came to Georgia and they put us in a hotel.
Miller Family of 1
ID # 390
Male - Age 39
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Miami, Florida  12/18/05

Comments: I was not rescued.  I did right out the storm in my apt. and it was very scary. I did not think I would make it out alive but by the grace of God he kept his hand on me and I hope and pray God will keep looking after me.
Wiggins Family of 5
ID # 391
Male - Age 38
Children - 3 Girls - 13, 8, 3 Months
Little Sister - Age 15
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
New Port Richey, Florida  12/05/05

Comments: Oh we were asked by the army corps to leave our home and so we did thinking in a couple of days and we would be home. Well this time was way different we left with 2 suits of clothes each and a diaper bag and bottles and that's all. We ended up in Pascagoula, Ms where we stayed on the floor for 11 days and then we were bussed to Tupelo, Ms to the Shelter. There at the ticket Bancorp South Center and from that point  I contacted my husband as we were separated   and ask him about his fathers house. He told us when we were able to get over there to call him so we did and he came and got us and took us there and it needs some work but its alot better than any shelter. We are there now and the Salvation Army provided us with furniture and food.  I have now found work and we are trying to rebuild our lives. I just want the kids to have a great Christmas and not me. God Bless
Moore Family of 4
ID # 392
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 27
Children - 2 Girls - 6, 2
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Asheville, NC 11/25/05

Comments: I was a security officer for the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans LA and I was stuck at work during the storm. When I was able to evacuate and get to my wife an kids, who were at my mother-in-laws house, she told me that I was not welcome at her house so I took my last $53 and got on the next train to Atlanta GA. My wife doesn't know why her mother doesn't like me but they will be here on 12/01/2005. I have gotten an apartment and  I would like to surprise them. Please help me any way you can. I really need some help thanks god bless.
Dixon Family of 7
ID # 393
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 24
Children - 1 Boy - 4; 3 Girls - 6, 3, 1
Grandmother - Age 46
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Atlantic, Virginia  11/30/05

Comments: We evacuated the night before the hurricane to Mississippi but we had to leave the hotel to go to Texas. Now we are staying in a hotel in Laplace Louisiana.
Lynch Family of 6
ID # 394
Mother - Age 33
Children - 3 Boys - 13, 6, 9 Months;
2 Girls - 8, 7
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Miami, Florida 11/21/05

Comments: My kids and I left Louisiana at 10 am the morning that Katrina would make landfall that night. We stayed in a hotel for 2 days then moved to a Red Cross Shelter in MS. A family we met is letting us stay in their guest house until Jan. while I look for employment and try and set up new residence somewhere. I am very grateful for whatever you can do for us. My kids do not think they are going to have a good Christmas because I have no job, and money is very low. Thank you to anyone who helps and God bless you.
Martins Family of 3
ID # 395
Mother - Age 29
Children - 2 Girls - 26 Month old twins
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Charlotte, North Carolina  11/19/05

Comments: Had spent $250 on supplies to ride out Katrina. Taped up windows when Mayor Nagin issued mandatory evacuation. Convinced my college sister to drive out also. Evacuated East; a normal 2 hr route took 11 hrs. Hurricane hit us in Hatt. Miss. Stranded at hotel for 5 days w/out elec, little food, H2O running out. Girls got minibag of M&Ms for 2yr birthday. Thank you for your generosity toward folks like us.
Clayton Family of 3
ID # 396
Mother - Age 21
Father - Age 24
Children - 1 Boy - 1
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Bloomfield, New Jersey  12/16/05

Comments: We need all the help we can get to make this a special Christmas for our son.
Lee Family of 4
ID # 397
Mother - Age 41
Father - Age 45
Children - 1 Boy - 14; 1 Girl - 19
Originally from New Orleans Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Pacifica, California  12/10/05

Comments: My family and I escaped the flood waters of hurricane katrina. We left the day before the storm went to Houston TX. We stayed for three weeks then hurricane Rita hit. We had to evacuate to Dallas Texas. It was there that I received the devastating news that my house was under 10 or more feet of water. We lost everything my husband and I of 20 years had worked so hard for. That is something that no one could imagine. The water stayed in our neighborhood for three weeks. As a result I'm unemployed, my husband also. I would also thank anyone for the gratitude that they show to my family in our time of loss and need. May God bless everyone during this holiday season.
Ridge-Robinson Family of 6
ID # 398
Mother - Age 43
Father - Age 46
Children - 2 Boys - 12, 7 
Sister - Age 55
Brother-in-Law - Age 64
Originally from New Orleans Louisiana
Comments: After an earlier conversation at church about "riding out the storm", with our pastor, we attended the 4:00 o'clock evening mass. After mass as we left out the door my sister and I both said to each other "We are leaving". We approached the pastor and he said "I am going to Texas". We left to pack at our homes and I began calling my girlfriend's house to talk to my husband as he was installing her air conditioning. She and I said to each other that she would leave early Sunday morning and that I would leave as soon as my husband finished. I finally left my house at 11:00 p.m. to park my car at my sister's and to wait for my husband. At 12:30 a.m. my husband came in, parked his truck and began to get ready. After taking care of his needs we finally left at 2:00 a.m. We drove about 2 1/2 hours and rented a room in Mississippi and were told we had to leave because the room was rented for the day. At 6:00 a.m. we all awakened and went on to New Albany with the storm approx. 12 hours behind us following the same path. We came in knowing we were here for three days and would return to New Orleans. It becomes a blur because we watched the storm's progression on CNN from arrival to two weeks past the storm. We all remember hearing the levee break in the 9th ward/ East New Orleans flooding (my sister's location) and the 17th Street Canal break which is my location. And, now we are here in New Albany. My family and I are here trying to heal. We are involved in Chapter 13, we are in need of a an or large vehicle for transportation and are needing the clothing. We are dependant upon what FEMA and other agencies give as income and footwear to deal with this new environment. A woman my size and my son's size can not get clothing for normal pricing and strains our resources. We are looking for permanent housing (purchase) programs for people in these circumstances. Please help us. Thank God for your site.
Friar Family of 5
ID # 399
Mother - Age 52
Father - Age 49
Children - 2 Boys - 14, 21; 1 Girl - 18 
Originally from New Biloxi, Mississippi
Comments: We stayed in the area (Biloxi) with friends during Katrina. After getting back to the house, we have been working constantly ever since (survival skills @ first, then w/FEMA, Allstate, contractors, lines...). Not many in America would believe my first Winn Dixie experience in D'Iberville, 5 min. away! Seeing the huge two-prop military helicopter landing in my son's soccer field and dropping water off to us was a sight! Observing the best and the worse in locals and those coming in to help is one of many books to be written! Visiting friends in hospitals and attending the funeral of another (she was only 43 and had three girls), and just loving and holding others, friends and strangers, in shock changes a person for life! We got water in seven rooms, lost shed, damaged roadway & water-pump, etc! So far, we've been without running water seven times since the water pump was supposedly fixed...frustrating! Today, the ongoing work seems mentally overwhelming at times. We are blessed compared to so many others, though (we are safe)! We are trying to help many of THEM, especially since we lost everything in a flood on 5/10/95. That experience helps us to empathize better with those worse off than we are and to deal with our current situation in a better perspective, not being soooo self-focused with our own personal trauma. After all, this life IS just a spec in eternity!!! This perspective continually helps me to see my situation/life circumstances from a broader perspective. A minister I greatly admire, Joyce Meyer, teaches bluntly not to be so self-focused, but to help others, especially when you are going through a tough time. Anyone want to donate a water pump???!!! The Allstate adjustor said it was working during his inspection; so far, they only paid us for my husbands time (his attempts to fix it)!!! Counting this past Monday, 11/14, we have been without water seven times since it was supposedly fixed!!!
Price Family of 5
ID # 400
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 32
Children - 1 Boy - 13; 2 Girls - 15, 3 
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Alexandria, Virginia  12/11/05

Comments: When the storm was coming we left to go to South Carolina and as we watched the news it was horrible. We had to wait two weeks until we came home I tried to prepare the oldest two of what to expect but you cant prepare them for what has happened. My 15 year old had recently learned one of her piers from school and her little sister was killed during the storm and its not easy for her right now. So we decided to volunteer in different places to keep occupied .We live in a rental home and we do feel blessed the only thing that happened to our home was 6inches of water and my 15 room ceiling caved in some spots she lost everything in her room, And my 3 year old water came in her room from roof damaged and lost all her stuff also and a few other stuff in our garage. So we do feel blessed. My landlord still hasn't fixed a thing and says he don't know when he will so the two girls don't have a room. We are trying to buy a house and income is there but the credit is messed up a little which we are working on .because the landlord kicked his other tenants out their homes so. We hope he will give us a little more time to try to fix our credit so we can buy and fell safe that we will have a roof over our heads. He wants to sell the home so we are not sure how long will have a place. I'm not worried about me and my spouse but I would like my kids to have a good Xmas. And if you know of any programs that might help with locating an apartment of housing please let me know.
Bertucci Family of 9
ID # 401
Grandmother - Age 70's
Grandfather - Age 70's
Children - 4 Boys - 13,14 (twins) 3;
3 Girls - 28, 15, 4 
Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana

Adopted by Dustin Construction, Inc.
in Gaithersburg, Maryland  11/21/05

Comments: Evacuated the day before Katrina made landfall, to the Houston area with our older children. We have 5 biological children, 11 adopted children and the two youngest are our grandchildren that are in our custody. We remained in Houston for about 2 wks and were taken in with open arms by the community. A local Baptist Church "adopted" our hotel because it was full of evacuees and they cooked us dinner every night. They also helped us out with our immediate clothing and medical needs because we didn't bring but 2 changes of clothes with us...and John needed insulin. We also needed diapers for our youngest, Adam. They brought us some. It was an extremely stressful and heartbreaking time because we feared for our home and for the safety of our friends and neighbors. We have yet to hear from our Grandchildren's (Alyssa & Adam's) mother. We fear she may have stayed and lost her life in the storm. So after about 2 wks a distant cousin stepped up and offered us a home of a relative who had recently passed away. The home had not yet been sold so he offered it to us for as long as we needed. It is located in Lafayette, LA. So we moved in there and put the children in school right away. We are in the process of purchasing a home in Madisonville, LA so that we can be closer to our older children who all live in that area. All that we are asking is for a little help in making this Christmas a good one for the kids. They shouldn't have to wake up Christmas morning to no Christmas tree and no presents. I am putting my son James' contact address for you to mail anything to because we will be in between addresses very soon. We will be moving into our new home in a couple of wks hopefully and I would rather have a permanent place for the gifts to go to. I can pick up anything you send from his home in Mandeville. Thanks & God Bless! We registered a few things on amazon.com to make it easier for your organization to get the children what they asked for. If you click on wish list at the top of the main page and then search under the name Bertucci Family Louisiana you will find it. Thanks & God Bless!
Legaux Family of 3
ID # 402
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 39
Children - 1 Girl - 15 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: I evacuated with my job (Covenant House) to the one in Houston which meant that I couldn't take my daughter with me. So I left her and my parents with my sister in LaPlace. We left from New Orleans at about 9:00 that Sunday morning and didn't get to Houston until 3:00 the next morning. After the storm, all of my family members tried to contact my sister and the others but no one could get through. I didn't hear from my daughter until four days after the storm and I was hurt because i didn't take her with me. That weekend I went back to LaPlace so I could get her so she could come back with me to Houston. We were there for about 2 months and we are now back in LaPlace so that I can be closer to my job.
Howard Family of 5
ID # 403
Mother - Age 58
Father - Age 62
Children - 2 Girls - 14, 13; 1 Boy - 12 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: I evacuated with my family to Houston, TX.
Francois Family of 4
ID # 404
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 40
Children - 2 Boys - 17, 16 
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana
Comments: We were home for the hurricane then 2 days later when we had no lights or water, we had to take the gas tank  from my oldest sons car to put in to our truck so that we could get out of town. We later ended up in baton rouge at the Miracle Place Church and were  provided with food, clothes and shelter. Any help is appreciated.
Russell Family of 7
ID # 405
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 30
Children - 4 Boys - 8, 6, 4, 3; 1 Girl - 12 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: Evacuated in my fiancé old van that smoked all the way from Louisiana. Oil and water were mixing in the the van and it was hot. We had to stop in every town to let the van cool down. All together it was 21 of us in a 1982 e-150.
Lambert Family of 5
ID # 406
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 43
Children - 1 Boy - 6 1/2 Months; 1 Girl - 16 
Originally from LaPlace, Louisiana
Bordere Family of 5
ID # 407
Mother - Age 45
Father - Age 45
Children - 2 Boys - 14, 18
Grandfather - Age 85
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana
Comments: WE LEFT OUR HOME IN GRETNA WITH MEMPHIS AS OUR DESTINATION. UPON ARRIVAL, THEY DID NOT HAVE MY RESERVATION. WE HAD TO SPEND A FEW DAYS IN OUR CAR UNTIL A SHELTER WAS AVAILABLE. THEN WE WERE LUCKY TO GET A ROOM AT A HOTEL FOR TWO WEEKS. WE WERE SEPARATED FROM MY FATHER, WHO WAS IN A NURSING HOME AND WAS RELEASED ON THE STREETS IN LAKE CHARLES. I FOUND HIM IN A HOSPITAL; HE HAS ALZHEIMER'S. I HAD TO STAY WITH HIM UNTIL HE WAS STABLE TO BE MOVED. MY OLDEST SON WAS ALSO SEPARATED FROM HIM WHEN HIS SCHOOL EVACUATED THEM TO BATON ROUGE. HE LEFT WITH ONLY THE CLOTHES ON HIS BACK. HE DECIDED TO TO LEAVE WITH SOME NEW FRIENDS TO MEET US IN MEMPHIS, AND THEY BROKE DOWN ON THE ROAD AND WAS STRANDED FOR DAYS WITH NO MONEY OR FOOD. FINALLY, HE WAS ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US AND WE MET HIM AND HIS FRIENDS. THE FRIENDS WERE FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, AND THEY FAMILY DID NOT KNOW WHERE THEY WERE. FINALLY WITH EVERYONE IN PLACE, BUT WE HAD SPENT MOST OF THE MONEY WE RECEIVED TO TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH WITH GAS SO HIGH AND TO EAT. WE ARE BOTH UNEMPLOYED AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY COMPENSATION AS OF YET. WE DID SPEND THE REST OF OUR MONEY TO GET AN APARTMENT, BUT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET THE ASSISTANCE TO HELP WITH THE RENT, AS OTHERS HAVE INDICATED. IT IS JUST ROUGH AND WE ARE HERE WITH NO FRIENDS OR FAMILY. MY FAMILY IS ALL OVER AND HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.
Turner Family of 4
ID # 408
Mother - Age 52
Father - Age 57
Children - 1 Boy - 26
Sister-in-Law - Age 52
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: I  LEFT 2 DAYS BEFORE THE STORM TO VISIT  MY SON IN ATLANTA TO HELP HIM GET HIS HOUSE TOGETHER BECAUSE HIS GIRLFRIEND HAD TAKEN EVERYTHING WHILE HE WAS AT WORK.  HE HAD NO TV AND WE DID NOT KNOW A STORM WAS COMING, MY GIRLFRIEND TEXT ME TO LET ME KNOW THE CITY WAS BEING EVACUATED. I WAS UPSET TO KNOW  MY GRANDCHILDREN AND MOTHER WERE THERE  AND I COULD NOT GET TO THEM. THEY WERE UPSET, BECAUSE NO ONE WAS THERE TO GET THEM OUT. MY NIECE HAD NOT LEFT AND SHE HAD NEVER DRIVEN OUT OF TOWN BEFORE AND I TOLD HER SHE HAD TO GET IN HER CAR AND TAKE EVERYBODY WITH HER. WE STAYED ON THE PHONE TO GIVE HER DIRECTIONS TO BATON ROUGE BY HER BROTHER . THANK GOD MY FAMILY IS SAFE. THRU ALL THIS MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS NOT LUCKY SHE SPENT THE TERRIBLE ORDEAL IN THE CONVENTION CENTER. WHEN SHE GOT OUT HER HEART STOPPED WHILE SHE WAS ON THE BUS SHE COULD NOT GET HER INSULIN. WE STILL PRAYING FOR STRENGTH EVERYDAY TO OVER COME THIS SITUATION TO MOVE ON.
Shenell Family of 4
ID # 409
Mother - Age 29
Children - 1 Boy - 12; 1 Girls - 10, 8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
S. Jones Family of 9
ID # 410
Mother - Age 36
Children - 4 Boys - 10, 10, 7, 4;
4 Girls - 13, 9,,6, 15 Months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Slidell, Louisiana  12/13/05

Comments: We were evacuated three days after Katrina's disaster have nothing to go back to and it hurt's so so so bad. I have to try to get my children to really understand that right now there's nothing to go back to now. I was born in New Orleans in the lower ninth ward. I just want to go home so badly it hurt's so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Please help make my children Christmas a happy and joyful Christmas this year. Thanks Katrina Angel Tree God Bless You All.
Collins Family of 5
ID # 411
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 24
Children - 2 Boys - 1, 8; 1 Girl - 5
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: MY FINANCE AND I WERE ALREADY IN ATLANTA HELP MY BROTHER WITH A PROBLEM HE HAD, WHEN A FRIEND OF MY MOTHER TEXT HER AND TOLD HER OF THE STORM WAS COMING AND EVERYONE IN NEW ORLEANS HAD TO GET OUT, THE ROADS WAS CLOSE AND WE COULD GET BACK, WE WERE ONLY GOING TO STAY IN ATLANTA FOR 2DAY, MY MOTHER-IN-LAW HAD THE 2 OLDEST CHILDREN AND SHE TOOK THEM TO BATON ROUGE WITH HER, IT WAS NERVE RECKON KNOWING THAT YOU CHILDREN AND NOT WITH YOU AND DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT WOULD BE. I THANK THEIRS GRANDMA SHE LEFT EARLY WITH THEM.. MY BROTHER DIDN'T HAVE A TV SO WE DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. BUT THANK GOD WE ALL WAS REUNITED TOGETHER.  DUE TO THE STORM ME AND MY FAMILY HAD TO RELOCATE, I'M TRYING TO FIND A JOB HERE IN RIVERDALE TO PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY. I PREVIOUS WORK ON THE RIVERFRONT AND IS IN NEED OF A JOB.
Penny Family of 4
ID # 412
Great Grandmother - Age 87
Granddaughter - Age 21
Grandson - Age 20
Great Grandson - Age 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: WE DID NOT HAVE TRANSPORTATION TO GET OUT, MY DAUGHTER WAS IN ATLANTA AND COULD NOT GET BACK, SHE TRIED PEOPLE SHE KNEW TO GET US OUT. THEN MY NIECE HAD NEVER LEFT, WE WERE ALL CRYING AND MY GRANDSON AND DAUGHTER GAVE MY NIECE DIRECTION TO BATON ROUGE WHERE WE STAY WITH MY NEPHEW AND 17 OTHER PEOPLE. THEN MY DAUGHTER CAME AFTER A WEEK LATER AND GOT US AND TOOK US TO ATLANTA. I'M TRYING TO GET USE OF THIS CITY, IT HARD, BUT I KNOW MY HOUSE WAS TOTAL DESTROY AND I HAVE NO INSURANCE FLOOD TO COVER IT. I THANK GOD FOR OUR LIVES, THAT MEANS MORE THAT THE HOUSE. THE NUMBERS ARE MY DAUGHTER (PATRICIA TURNER) SHE TAKE CARE OF ALL MY BUSINESS, BECAUSE I'M SICKLY AND CANNOT GET AROUND ANY MORE.
Roberts Family of 5
ID # 413
Father - Age 35
Children - 2 Boys 2, 12; 2 Girls - 16, 8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
Comments: Traveled a day before the storm.
Campbell Family of 8
ID # 414
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 36
Children - 2 Boys 16, 3 weeks; 3 Girls - 17, 12, 11
Originally from Grand Bay, Alabama
Comments: We had to relocate because our house was deemed unsafe by the FEMA inspector, due to severe roof, rain and wind damage. We lost furniture, bedding, clothes, food and plenty of memories.  Thank you and may God Bless!
L. Stevens Family of 6
ID # 415
Mother - Age 31
Children - 2 Boys 5, 3; 2 Girls - 6, 5
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Post Falls, Idaho  12/02/05

Comments: I was in New Orleans for the entire storm. I had to break in my sisters house to protect myself and kids from the storm. We had food but no water until someone broke in the Roberts' fresh market. We stayed in my sisters apartment for almost three days. I eventually took my kids and went to the Convention Center where we stayed for 2 more days. We hitched a ride from New Orleans to Houston, TX to the Reunion. I then hitched a ride from the Reunion to Dallas, TX. where my sister was staying in a hotel. I then found my parents who picked me up from the hotel in Dallas and brought me back to Louisiana.
T. Stevens Family of 5
ID # 416
Mother - Age 34
Children - 3 Boys 17, 12, 14; 1 Girl 9 Months 
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana
Comments: I slept at the Hilton Airport Hotel where I was working. We were there for three days after the storm with no lights and no water. The hotel supplied us with food and drinking water. The hotel started smelling because there was no water for bathing and toilet flushing. We were shipped to Dallas Texas on Greyhound buses.
Cropp Family of 1
ID # 417
Female - Age 63
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Albany, New York  12/15/05

Comments: I left my home on Sunday and drove to Pensacola, Florida to meet with my son and family evacuating from New Orleans, Louisiana. There were 9 evacuees in a small two bedroom, one bath home and we were very thankful to be together. After Hurricane Katrina blasted the coast of Mississippi and New Orleans, we all felt afraid and concerned about our homes. On the 6th day Saturday, I left to return to my home in Bay St. Louis. My daughter and 12 year old granddaughter from Dallas, Texas were to meet me at the house. They had previously lived with me for 7 years and many of their belongings were there. We arrived about the same time and the horrific shock of seeing the front doors wide open and the windows blown out were more than we could stand. We cried and cried and sobbed and sobbed! Never in all my life could I imagine such a sight. Big oak trees down everywhere! My carport and front porch blown away! Then I looked down my street and there were no houses on either side for the entire block. Unbelievable!!! We then looked inside the door. No walls, no ceilings, furniture heaped in piles. My pride and joy was a 100 year old grand piano, beautifully carved. It took about four men to move it and it was by my front door upside down in two feet of stinky mud with another piece of furniture from the other side of the room on top of it. Very sad. We had on boots, masks, gloves and prepared to go in. The stench was putrid and the mud was sloppy which made it very difficult to maneuver. We gathered strips of wood to help us walk on to try to get upstairs. On my stair walls, I had many, many family photos---all gone. Upstairs on my carpet floors was a foot of wet, stinky mud. In my bedroom there was a waterline 6 feet high. And so my entire house was devastated and ruined. I have lived here for 25 years and had only 2 years until retirement from my school. I am a school counselor in a 4th and 5th grade school. This was my beloved home and my retirement nest egg. At 63 years of age, it is difficult to think of starting over. And so we took deep breaths and began to try to salvage precious photos from the mud and important papers. We did this for 5 hours and then we drove 2 hours to my nephew's house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to try to clean and preserve them. About 4:00 A.M. I went to bed exhausted. We worked the entire next day and made 2 more trips to BSL trying to salvage. Finally, we could do no more and my granddaughter needed to get back to school and my daughter needed to get back to work. Very defeated, we left for Texas where I stayed until my school started Nov. 1st. I want to be adopted by a family because I feel the need to be comforted by someone for Christmas. I usually am the person comforting others, sponsoring children, buying whatever they need and have my entire school career. Now I am afraid to spend money, because now I have pneumonia and the medical bills are high. My homeowner's and flood insurance is not wanting to pay and it seems I might walk away with nothing but my mortgage paid---no home, no furniture, no pot to cook in---very scary and so I would like to be on the angel tree. God has blessed me and spared our lives and we have each other and I have my students back. Thank you for wanting to share with my community and Mississippi. Our school spirit is helping us cope in spit of the insurance companies. Private volunteers and church groups have saved our lives because there are no stores here. I still have to boil water. The National Guard has been great, But the caring and sharing of American communities all over America has made me proud of America.
Burkhalter Family of 3
ID # 418
Mother - Age 37
Children - 2 Boys - 17, 16
Originally from Gretna,
Louisiana
Comments: My family and I evacuated New Orleans on August 28, 2005. We went to Kentwood, LA with relatives. My cousin, Ann Vernon, ended up housing seventeen (17) family members (5 families) which made it a total of twenty one (21) people in a four (4) bedroom house. At first it was like a family reunion because right across the "roads" our other family members from New Orleans was at other family members homes. We stayed up all night watching what Katrina was doing to our city. At about 12 noon on August 29, 2005, the unthinkable happened. We ended up with no electricity in Kentwood, LA. To make a long story short, we were out of electricity until the time I decided to come by my sister in Atlanta for two weeks! We had to stand in lines for 3 - 4 hours just for ice in Hammond, LA. We stayed in line for 15 hours to receive food stamps! Everyday certain family members would leave the house to search for gas just to try and keep a generator running so we can see all that was happening in the city. It was an experience for me and I am sure alot of people. My mom and I were the first to leave Kentwood and we came to Atlanta by my sister. Since I have been here I have not been able to get help with anything. I was able to go home in October to meet my FEMA adjuster and found that I had lost all that I had due to the roof coming off of my apartment complex and mold literally took over everything. I have been looking for a job and haven't had any success and in the meantime, being a Full-time Civil Service classified employee, I recently found out that the state furloughed us without pay.
Rainey Family of 5
ID # 419
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 23
Children - 1 Boy - 6; 2 Girls - 7, 4
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana
Comments: May God bless me and my family.
Triplett Family of 2
ID # 420
Mother - Age 26
Children - 1 Girl - 5
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Dallas, Texas  12/06/05

McCaskill Family of 3
ID # 421
Mother - Age 29
Children - 2 Boys - 6, 20 months
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Stow, Ohio  12/03/05

Comments: I live in the Austin convention center when I had to evacuate from New Orleans.
Whitney Family of 2
ID # 422
Wife - Age 48
Husband - Age 49
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi
Comments: We were blessed to evacuate before katrina hit. We resided three blocks from the beach and loss everything. We are presently residing at a shelter. We are awaiting our temporary housing. FEMA said they sent a check however it still has not arrived. They said it was mailed 10/14/05. I don't think we will have a tree or ornaments this year. No candles or music. Even though we are not children we still celebrate Xmas. I am a veteran and was in the process of working on medical tx for PTSD. I had to reschedule treatment dates from 09/05 to 01/06 . The treatment will last for 6 wks. It starts 01/03/05 and is completed 02/16/05. Xmas will be in KY at the shelter and my husband and I will be separated. Treatment will be at the Bay Pines, VETERANS Medical Center in Florida. Hopefully my FEMA check will arrive by then so I'll have transportation to Tampa, Fl. I hope to have someone to adopt us.
Batiste Family of 4
ID # 423
Mother - Age 39
Children - 2 Boys - 22, 14; 1 Girl - 18
Originally from Grayson,
Louisiana
Comments: Myself and my kids evacuated with other family members to Baton Rouge where we stayed for about two weeks before we were told we had to leave. We then came to Grayson by way of a former coworker.
K. Johnson Family of 3
ID # 424
Mother - Age 27
Children - 2 Girls - 8, 4
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Lutz, FL 11/23/05

Comments: We were able to leave before the storm.
R. Johnson Family of 2
ID # 425
Mother - Age 31
Children - 1 Girl - 14
Originally from Kenner,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Los Angeles, California  12/08/05

Comments: We was able to leave before the storm to Lake Charles where we stay until Rita struck.
Kegley Family of 4
ID # 426
Mother - Age 45
Father - Age 44
Children - 1 Boy - 8; 1 Girl - 20
Originally from Pass Christian,
Louisiana
Comments: Water began coming over our road on Sunday morning, so we loaded up and evacuated to Mobile, AL. We expected to be gone for 2 days so we packed very little. Our home was completely gutted and we lost everything, including 2 rental units that provided income. We thought we had lost both of our pets (cats), but both returned home after a couple of days. Thank you very much. This is a great program and my family appreciates any help.
Mitchell Family of 6
ID # 427
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 42
Children - 2 Boys - 12, 7; 2 Girls - 4, 13
Originally from New Orleans,
Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Cazenovia, New York  11/21/05

Comments: The day the storm was coming we decided to get out as quickly as possible with just the clothes on our back. We had to leave our pets behind and still haven't found them. We didn't know where we were going, there were no places to stay. We were very afraid what would happen to us. We had to use our credit cards and maxed them out when we did finally find a hotel to stay. We did everything we could to help others going through the same suffering we did. We were blessed by meeting some people in the local churches once we got to Arkansas that offered us a place to stay. And that's where we ended up. We are trying to start over here. I'm still trying to get my semi truck out of New Orleans but it also took alot of water damage and I haven't gotten it running yet. I need my truck so I can start working again. It's been a difficult journey we just thank god our family is safe. Our entire past has been wiped away by the waves of katrina, pictures, toys, furniture, animals. And now we begin life a new. Thank you for any gifts you are able to send at this time for our children.
Heiden Family of 2
ID # 428
Mother - Age 43
Children - 1 Girl - 20
Originally from Long Beach, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Cape Coral, Florida  11/28/05

Comments: We evacuated on Sunday afternoon, waiting until the last minute. I had my three nephews for the weekend, so we all loaded up in one car (along with our golden retriever) because I didn't want my daughter alone on the roads. We went to Jackson, MS to family. I received a text message from a friend who rode out the storm that I only had a slab left and my car was destroyed. We packed to be gone for a couple of days, so we lost everything. I have no baby pictures, no things she had made me and I literally lost 20 years of memories. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Coker Family of 2
ID # 429
Mother - Age 28
Children - 1 Girl - 2
Originally from Westwego, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Mandeville, Louisiana  11/20/05

Comments: Evacuated to Folsom, LA the day before the storm and stayed over with friends overnight. We then lived in a tent for 10 days at a local campground. We returned home to complete devastation. I salvaged as much as I could for my child and I. Thank you for any help you can give us this Christmas.
Rankin Family of 2
ID # 430
Mother - Age 41
Children - 1 Boy - 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Akron, Ohio
11/30/05

Comments: I staying in New Orleans for 10 Days after the storm until I was rescued by the Parish Police Office and evacuated to a Kelly Air Force Base Shelter in Texas. My first floor of my home was completely engulf by the flood waters due to the levee break. I have very few things left. Thank you very much.
ID # 431 - Duplicate
Nicolosi Family of 3
ID # 432
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 31
Children - 1 Boy - 7; 1 Girl - 10
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in New York, New York  11/10/05

Comments: I evacuated to Tenn. From the stories I read and from the news I was in horror. Thank goodness we returned recently to some damage that we had to repair and replace. Thank you for doing anything you can for me and my family.
Cole Family of 4
ID # 433
Mother - Age 41
Children - 3 Girls - 14, 15, 18 
Originally from Merrero, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Marshfield, Massachusetts  12/11/05

Comments: I evacuated before the storm and found temporary shelter in Texas. After spending all my savings to get my car fixed I returned to a home that has great devastation and a caved in roof. I am happy we are all safe, but sad that we have lost everything. Thank you for any and all the help you can give us.
Lewis Family of 4
ID # 434
Mother - Age 35
Children - 2 Girls - 7, 12; 1 Boy 7 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Burbank, California  12/15/05

Comments: God spoke to me early and instructed my family and I to leave 2 days in advance before the devastation was to take place. Not knowing were to go or how to get there God lead us to Houston, Texas and this has where we have been since then. Thank you Jesus I want to thank every single person that prayed for all the evacuees for all there generosity. Unfortunately, I have lost every thing except the ultimate, life itself and I know that all things are possible thru Christ. So, I'm going to keep my faith and move on.
Benitez Family of 4
ID # 435
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 29
Children - 2 Boys - 12, 11 
Originally from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Sherwood, Arkansas  12/12/05

Comments: Left home the day before the hurricane hit. We headed to Texas and found ourselves sleeping in the car because all of the hotels were completely full. We tried to get close to home and headed back to Lafayette LA. After spending our limited resources on gas and lodging we ended up having to stay at the Cajun Dome Shelter in Lafayette. It was incredibly horrific there. We witnessed drug use in the bathrooms and many things I dare not even list. It was definitely not a safe place for my children and family as a whole. I found my friend there and we got into a private shelter / housing situation. It was over crowded but the the people there were much more friendly. After trying to get all of the promised help in LA and getting doors shut non stop we decided to try heading to Arkansas where we heard people were actually getting help. Now we are here, we've spent a month in a red cross donated hotel until housing became available. Currently we are in a home but lack any furniture. It is only temporary though as donated furniture has been promised. Thank you for considering my family for adoption. I am here registering today because I would like to provide a happy Christmas for my family and especially the children. If you happen to know anyone close to me my family could really use: Washer & Dryer / Microwave / Refrigerator
Huff Family of 5
ID # 436
Mother - Age 45
Father - Age 48
Children - 3 Boys - 17, 14, 8 
Originally from Waveland,  Louisiana 
Comments: We weren't going to leave but at last minute we packed up and left. We ran to north Mississippi. We lived in a hotel for 1 1/2 weeks. I couldn't get in touch with my daughter and was more worried that her and my grandbaby didn't make it then my house not being there. Finally she got in touch with me and told me that there was nothing left to  my house. I couldn't believe it. It was not happening again. (Lost my house 5 yrs ago to house fire and just moved in it 5 months ago.) Finally when I came down from North Mississippi I saw my yard and what once was my house. I was destroyed and moved all the way down the street. The only thing left was my stilts and they were crooked. I am so upset. This is the second time my family and I have lost my house. Anything this Christmas will be greatly appreciated. I thank you for doing this for families like mine in need.
James Family of 3
ID # 437
Mother - Age 26
Children - 2 Girls 2, 3 
Originally from Theodore, Alabama 

Adopted by Friends in Clinton Township, MI  11/22/05

Comments: I HAVE TWO DISABLED CHILDREN WHO ARE ON ABOUT 15 MEDICATIONS A DAY AND I AM A SINGLE PARENT SO IT WAS VERY HARD FOR ME TO EVACUATE AND FIND SOMEWHERE TO GO BECAUSE BOTH OF MY CHILDREN ARE ON BREATHING MACHINES AND ONE OF THEM IS ON A HEART MACHINE ALSO AND BY THE TIME I WAS ABLE TO GET A RIDE TO THE SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER IT WAS TO LATE WE WERE SO SCARED HAVING TO STAY HOME WITH NO POWER BECAUSE OF MY KIDS HEALTH PROBLEMS I WAS VERY AFRAID THAT THEY WOULD HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR BREATHING OR HAVE A SEIZURE ANT ANYTIME OR MY DAUGHTERS HEART WOULD GIVE HER PROBLEMS AND WE COULD NOT GET TO A HOSPITAL BUT AFTER THE STORM WAS OVER AND WE LOOKED AT ALL THE DAMAGE IT WAS JUST A BLESSING FROM GOD THAT WE ARE STILL HERE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVER GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TELL SOMEONE ABOUT ME AND MY FAMILY AND OUR STORY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING AND I HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE BLESSED BY ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING GOD BLESS
Hill-Stalter Family of 4
ID # 438
Mother - Age 22
Father - Age 22
Children - 2 Boys 4, & Baby due in January 
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in Portland, OR 11/27/05

Comments: We ran to picayune just north of where we were. While there with family a tornado hit the church we were staying in and ripped the roof off. The storm was horrible. After I went home to find an 8 ft water line around the walls of my home. There was water in my light fixers. I lost everything I have worked my whole life on. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
Claiborne Family of 3
ID # 439
Mother - Age 34
Children - 2 Girls - 15, 12 
Originally from New Orleans, Mississippi

Adopted by family in Florissant, Missouri  11/18/05

Comments: IT WAS HORRIBLE BOTH OF MY KIDS TOOK SICK AND THERE WAS NO ONE TO HELP US WHILE WE WERE IN THE SUPERDOME ONE HAS A ASTHMA ATTACK AND THE OTHER ONE WENT INTO CONVULSIONS WE WERE SO SCARED FOR OUR LIVES AS WE WATCH PEOPLE DYING IN FRONT OF OUR EYES I NEVER WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN! IT WOULD MEAN SO MUCH TO KNOW PEOPLE CARE
Huff-Stalter Family of 3
ID # 440
Mother - Age 18
Father - Age 17
Children - 1 Girl - 2 
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Harleysville, Pennsylvania  11/30/05

Comments: We ran to Picayune, Ms to a church with family. Who knew we would be living with them after the storm. The church we stayed in stayed in survived Camille so we thought it would survive this. During the storm a tornado hit the church and completely ripped off the roof. Pieces from the roof were flying around our cars and the church yard. It was very scary. After the storm we stayed at the church a day or two and left to go home. When we got to Waveland Ms the hurricane had ripped my house into pieces and it was relocated 5 houses down. Half of the house is still missing. This is the second time my house was destroyed. 5 years ago a fire took it away from me and now this. I don't know if I want to start over. But God works in mysterious ways. I hope nothing like this ever happens to my family again.
Lee Family of 5
ID # 441
Mother - Age 41
Father - Age 45
Children - 1 Boy - 14
Sister - Age 45
Nephew - Age 15 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: I was first evacuated to Houston Texas from New Orleans from hurricane Katrina then to Dallas Texas away from from hurricane Rita .We traveled 30 hours from Houston to Dallas on the interstate often lacking food water gas and sleep. This normally is a 4 hour drive. It was very miserable. ever since this hurricane happened our lives will never be the same. God bless you all for taking  the time to care and give to my family in our time of devastation. Once again thank you and may god bless and keep you in his care now and always. Thanks to all who helped to make our Christmas a merry one.
Haydel Family of 6
ID # 442
Mother - Age 40
Father - Age 38
Children - 1 Boy - 17; 1 Girl - 24
Granddaughter - Age 4
Grandson - Age 7 Months 
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana 
Graves Family of 8
ID # 443
Mother - Age 34
Father - Age 50
Children - 5 Boys - 17, 15, 12 (Twins), 11
Cousin - Male - 11
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Norwood Family of 5
ID # 444
Mother - Age 29
Children - 2 Boys - 1, 13; 2 Girls - 8, 11
Originally from Mobile, Alabama

Adopted by a family in
Gaithersburg, Maryland  11/20/05

Comments: It is very hard for me to  talk about how this hurricane destroyed me and my family life! My kids and iwill accept any thing we can get at this time.
Mathieu Family of 10
ID # 445
Mother - Age 42
Father - Age 47
Children - 3 Boys - 17, 22, 25; 1 Girl - 26
Grandsons - 4 - Age 11 Months, 2, 4, 1 Month
Originally from Pearl River, Louisiana 
Comments: SOMETHING WE WILL NEVER FORGET I NEVER NEVER FORGET WE HAD TO SLEEP IN A SMALL CAR BEFORE WE GOT TO A SHELTER BECAUSE AFTER OUR MONEY RAN OUT THE HOTEL PUT US OUT ON THE STREETS CHILDREN AND ALL WHAT CAN I SAY IT WAS JUST SAD PLEASE HELP ME AND MY FAMILY
Dorsey Family of 5
ID # 446
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 37
Children - 3 Girls - 15, 14, 1
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico  12/09/05

Comments: WE EVACUATED JUST IN TIME. WE DIDN'T TAKE ANYTHING BECAUSE WE THOUGHT WE WERE COMING RIGHT BACK HOME. THE DRIVE WAS LONG AND HOT BUT WE WERE TRULY BLESSED. THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP. IT'S GREATLY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.

Brady Family of 5
ID # 447
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 28
Children - 3 Girls - 15, 9, 4
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: WE WERE BLESSED TO BE TOGETHER, FIND HOUSING ONCE WE GOT TO HOUSTON TEXAS, WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD A NEW LIFE HERE.  ANY HELP WOULD GREATLY BE APPRECIATED.
D. Berniard Family of 1
ID # 448
Female - Age 21
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Pensacola, Florida
11/30/05

Comments: My family and I had to be rescued from a second story balcony.

L. Berniard Family of 1
ID # 449
Male - Age 19
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: My family and I had to be rescued from a second story balcony.

B. Berniard Family of 7
ID # 450
Mother - Age 52
Children - 1 Boy - 19; 4 Girls - 12, 10, 16, 17
Sister - Age 42
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: My family and I had to be rescued from a second story balcony.

Howard Family of 6
ID # 451
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 34
Children - 3 Boys - 17, 13, 19; 1 Girl - 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: My husband and I had been separated for almost a year when families started to evacuate for the hurricane. He called to tell me that I needed to get the kids together to get out of there and we came here to Texas.
James Family of 6
ID # 452
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 33
Children - 2 Boys - 8, 9; 2 Girls - 4, 2
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
La Jolla, California  12/07/05

Comments: I was living in New Orleans at the time of the storm. I had no money to be able to evacuate but by the grace of God my brother came with money for gas and we were able to make it to Baton Rouge where we stayed in a shelter for a week. We then moved on to Texas where we lived in a hotel for a couple weeks until we found housing. We are now safe in an apartment but have little money for the holidays. Any and All donations to our family will be Heaven Sent

Brown Family of 5
ID # 453
Mother - Age 50
Father - Age 43
Children - 1 Boy - 18; 1 Girl - 19
Nephew - Age 18
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: IT WAS LONG AND HARD. I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE IT. I AM STILL MISSING A BROTHER WHOM I AM DESPERATELY TRYING TO FIND. MAY GOD BLESS YOU; MY FAMILY AND I THANK YOU
McGary Family of 5
ID # 454
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 21
Children -  2 Girls - 7, 9 Months
Brother - Age 16
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana 
Comments: My family and I were stuck in Slidell for 3 weeks after Katrina because my car was 6 feet under water. We were forced to stay in tents. The only things that we had were the clothes on our backs. I really hope that someone will adopt my family because the kids have absolutely nothing. They are my main concern. My daughters only have summer clothes and we have no money to try to buy them some winter clothes and the same thing with my little brother. We are greatly appreciative of any help that we can receive. If it wouldn't be for the state of Texas we would be homeless. We are in need of furniture, linens, towels, pots, pans, and dishes.

Woodson Family of 4
ID # 455
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 21
Children -  1 Boy - 9; 1 Girl - 12, 
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi 

Adopted by the Gregory Davis Memorial Foundation in Fountain Hills, AZ  11/22/05

Comments: The Friday before Katrina, I left with my kids to go out of town to visit my parents. By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, it was too late to come back. My husband did stay in Gulfport and rode out the storm with friends. At the last minute, he went back to our home and retrieved very specific things that I had asked for. I knew deep down in my heart that Katrina would be a killer but my husband did not. Our home was south of the tracks so we lost everything. We do have our lives and for that I am grateful. There have been so many wonderful people that have been there for us along the way. My husband has said that he will never stay for another one. Any help that I can receive for my children's sake will be very much appreciated. May God bless you. 
Mills Family of 2
ID # 456
Mother - Age 25
Children -  1 Boy - 10 Months 
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Lansing, Michigan  12/04/05

Lewis Family of 8
ID # 457
Mother - Age 47
Father - Age 46
Children -  2 Boys - 26, 22
3 Granddaughters  8, 7, 2; 1 Grandson - 7 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: My family and I left on the morning of 8/28. It took us 22 hours to get to san Antonio Texas. We stayed there 3 days. My cousin put us up in a hotel for two days we then left for Atlanta, Georgia and that trip was also about 20 hrs. By the time i got there my feet and ankles were extremely swollen. after all of the standing in lines for help I finally was brought to the emergency room for an anxiety attack. My two granddaughters are having a hard time adjusting. The eight year old has dreams of being raped and snakes on her. She cries to go home. They are not doing well in school. I pray that one day I can say, I thought this was a dream. God help us.
Graham Family of 6
ID # 458
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 34
Children -  2 Boys - 10, 7; 2 Girls 13, 9
Originally from Bogalusa, Louisiana 

Adopted by Ponchatoula Young Marines in Ponchatoula, LA 11/28/05

Comments: WE LIKE ALL THE OTHER STORIES YOU MIGHT HEAR DECIDED TO STAY, WE THOUGHT IT WOULD MISS US UNFORTUNATELY WERE WE WRONG WE WERE HOME WHEN TREES AND WIND COMPLETELY CHANGED OUR LIVES IT TOOK OUR HOME AND WITH IT OUR WHOLE SINCE OF SECURITY, I CAN HONESTLY SAY I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO DIE AND I CAN NOT PUT INTO WORDS THE FEAR ON MY CHILDREN'S FACES WE TRIED TO STAY IN WHAT WAS LEFT OF OUR HOME WE HAD NO FOOD, WATER WE STORED OUR SUPPLIES IN THE KITCHEN AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT WAS THE FIRST THING TO GO WE THOUGHT HELP WOULD GET THEIR SOON AND IT NEVER CAME SO WE SIPHONED GAS FROM OUR LAWNMOWER AND GOT OUT OF TOWN WE HAD NEVER BEEN OUT OF LOUISIANA NOW WERE IN A BATTLE OVER WHAT THE INSURANCE THINKS WE SHOULD GET THEY ARE NOT IN OUR SHOES OR THEY WOULD DO WHAT IS RIGHT WERE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE YOU TRY TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND CARRY INSURANCE BUT WHERE ARE THEY WHEN YOUR NEED ARISES THEY WRITE THE POLICY SO THAT YOU WILL PAY THE HIGH PREMIUM THINKING THEY WILL NEVER HAVE TO PAY OUT YEAH RIGHT SO YOUR STUCK ITS BEEN ALMOST 3 MONTHS AND STILL WERE NOT ANY CLOSER TO A RESOLUTION WERE AWAY FROM OUR FAMILY IN A NEW PLACE AND WERE HAVING TO TAKE CARE OF OUR MORTGAGE AND ALSO RENT SO WE HAVE A PLACE TO STAY IF YOU COULD HELP OUT TO MAKE CHRISTMAS MERRY THIS YEAR WE WOULD CERTAINLY APPRECIATE IT EVERYONE HAS TRULY BEEN SO GENUINE ALREADY THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT WE TRULY ARE SURVIVORS THANKS AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Garcia Family of 2
ID # 459
Mother - Age 52
Children -  1 Boy - 12
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Bartlett, Tennessee  12/10/05
 

Comments: Had been hospitalized during the beginning of August for a blood clot in my right leg so I was not able to move around alot. My friend lives in Baton Rouge his wife and I were very good friends. So he asked a cab driver to bring me here on that Saturday but it took 12 hours to get here. I was in so much pain that it took me two days to recuperate. My son and I lost every thing because our apt. was on the first floor. We had just arrived here from Chicago Illinois, But no one told us about the hurricanes so we did not know what to do.  Now we are looking for a place to live because my friend can't continue to help us. I am on Social Security Disability so my income is very limited and I don't own a car so that is hard too. I don't know if for Christmas we will still be there But you can always contact me by my cell phone.
Bourgeois Family of 7
ID # 460
Mother - Age 52
Male - Age 32; Female - Age 28
Children -  3 Boys - 9, 6, 3; 1 Girl 12
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi 
Comments: I had rotator cuff repair one week before the storm. Daughter-in-law and her son and I evacuated to Houston, TX the sat before the storm. Came back to our homes Weds after the storm. She left for South Carolina to be with her brother her husband, (my son is in Iraq), I left with my son and family to go to my brother's in Columbus, Ohio Any thing we receive will be deeply appreciated because we all lost everything we own including our home. I am disabled and cannot work so it will be a very long time before we recover
Matthews Family of 4
ID # 461
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 25
Children -  1 Boy - 15; 1 Girl 14
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 
Comments: We were stuck on the beach in Gulfport surrounded the dead everywhere. We tried to stick it out for a week after the hurricane but we couldn't get any food and people were getting shot so we loaded up and headed to Texas were everything else has gone wrong we are now homeless. All we want really for Christmas is a stable place to live and a good job.
Earl Family of 5
ID # 462
Mother - Age 22
Father - Age 29
Children -  2 Boys - 5,  3 Months; 1 Girl 6
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Adopted by a class in North Forrest High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
11/18/05

Comments: We left the night before the storm and went to mother-in-laws house in Alabama. We were already feeling the the winds when we left. We wasn't going to leave but we did because of the kids" THANK GOD" because a friend of ours on the next road over stayed and said that we had 45ft. of water were I lived. We lost everything but a little bit of our clothing but we have or lives and each other and it's getting a little better everyday. I am so thank\ful for this program. It just goes to show that there are still people in this world who care for each other and if it wasn't for programs like this one I couldn't tell you what kind of Christmas my kids would be having. I could never give enough thanks to a family for even considering adopting mine more less doing it.
Page Family of 6
ID # 463
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 35
Children -  3 Boys - 9, 6, 13; 1 Girl 11
Originally from Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi 

Adopted by PRCCC-Dental Hygiene Program in Petal, MS 11/27/05

Comments: OUR FAMILY WENT TO A HOTEL IN ALABAMA FOR 4 DAYS THEN RETURNED HOME TO JUST A PIECE OF LAND WE STAYED WITH 3 OTHER FAMILIES FOR OVER A MONTH. AFTER 7WEEKS WE ARE ON OUR PROPERTY AGAIN IN OUR FEMA TRAILER AND GRATEFUL TO BE HOME, SAFE AND TOGETHER. GOD BLESS EVERYONE FOR ALL THEY HAVE DONE DURING THIS TIME OF DISASTER. 
Perry Family of 2
ID # 464
Mother - Age 40
Children -  1 Boy - 17
Originally from LaPlace, Louisiana 
Comments: My evacuation / Rescue exp. will be one of life's events that my son and I will never forget. We were in route to evacuate to Houston 2 days prior to hurricane katrina however our plans came to a screeching halt. We were involved in a car accident through no fault of or own. It was total chaos that day. The traffic lights weren't working and people were driving frantically trying to leave town. An impatient driver ran a stop sign and jutted out into oncoming traffic and came to a dead stop in our lane. In order to avoid hitting him head on, our vehicle swerved away from the driver and spun out of control several times before we hit a light post head on and somehow our car landed in a muddy ditch not far from the river. We survived the incident with a few injuries and we're slowly trying to recover. We were forced to ride the storm out. Our vehicle was totaled so we had to face the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. After the storm passed, things were extremely bad. We were without power, clean water and food. I was able to finally contact a relative in the state where I'm staying now to drive out and pick my son and I up when controlled traffic were allowed to resume in the area again. I am trying to relocate to Phoenix Arizona where most of my family were shuffled. I lost my job as a result of the hurricane but I'm hoping to rebuild in Phoenix Arizona and any assistance will greatly be appreciated. I am in need of assistance with transportation, housing, and employment.
Barr Family of 3
ID # 465
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 31
Children -  1 Boy - 2
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Sumter, South Carolina  12/12/05

Coleman Family of 3
ID # 466
Mother - Age 30
Children -  1 Boy - 6; 1 Girl - 2
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in Fairview Heights, IL  11/25/05

Comments: My best friend came to Gulfport to get my children out, I joined them later in Panama City, FL. We were there until we were able to find housing on HurricaneHousing.org. We are able to reside there for 3 months and hope to moving into more permanent housing in Kansas City, KS in the next few months. They are allowing us to stay 6 months rent free and I pay the utilities. At the end of the 6 months they will give me the option to purchase it. That is my goal. Pray for me in my job search. We have some extended family in this area and would like to make this our new permanent home. 
H. DeGruy Family of 3
ID # 467
Mother - Age 30
Children -  2 Boys - 11, 8; 1 Girl - 7
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by Herff Jones in
Charlotte, North Carolina  12/02/05

Comments: We were rescued from the Hilton Hotel and are now living in Portsmouth, VA... I had just became a home owner 1 year ago and now my home is gone...I am a single mother and I was trying very hard to make a solid foundation for my kids.
T. DeGruy Family of 3
ID # 468
Mother - Age 34
Father - Age 36
Children -  1 Girl - 10
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Richmond, Virginia  11/19/05

Comments: We were in the New Orleans Hilton Riverside until September 1, 2005. We were bused to a Hilton in Dallas, Texas first, then we found permanent shelter in San Antonio, Texas. The day that we were being bused out of New Orleans I fell and fractured my tail bone. My balance is not very stable because I wear an artificial leg. The only gift I want for Christmas is to see my daughter smiling brightly on Christmas morning. If you can help me with that I will be the most blessed mom ever. Thank You & God Bless 
Stein Family of 2
ID # 469
Mother - Age 25
Children -  1 Girl - 6
Originally from  Chalmette, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Cazenovia, New York  11/21/05

Comments: We left the Sunday morning before Katrina struck. My daughters 6th birthday was Saturday, I bought her some presents and we sang happy birthday. Her presents are gone. We didn't know where to go, but we kept driving north, stopping a small and big towns to find a hotel. It took us 12 hours to get to Shreveport, where we saw the first and only sign of a Red Cross Shelter. We went there and slept the night, and woke up to the news that levees broke and our town was flooded up to the roof. My father and grandpa had stayed behind. By the grace of GOD they made it out and I found them 2 weeks later in Lafayette. My daughter lost her first tooth at the shelter, but the tooth fairy still visited her there. She was given books to read at the shelter that allowed her to think about something else. We are now in Metairie with family, waiting for a FEMA trailer so we can rebuild our lives. I lost my job because I went to CA to get my dog back that had been rescued. I have had to use FEMA money on a lawyer, because my X is trying to take custody. Any help for her Christmas is appreciated.
George Family of 7
ID # 470
Mother - Age 56
Children -  2 Boys - 6, 2; 4
Girls - 28, 25, 9, 8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by Sprint Nextel in
Metairie, Louisiana  12/01/05

Comments: We evacuation the night before katrina to a shelter in Alexandarie, La we also had to evacuation from Alexandarie for Rita I'm just ready to get some kind of help for me and my family I want the kids to have a nice holiday like we always do Thank you for trying to help me and my family
Graham Family of 5
ID # 471
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 35
Children -  1 Boy - 6; 2 Girls - 10, 8
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Rochester, Minnesota  12/01/05

Comments: WE EVACUATED TO FLORIDA. COULD NOT GET BACK FOR TWO DAYS, BUT WE HEARD THE DESTRUCTION WAS MASSIVE. YOU JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT UNTIL YOU SEE IT, EVERYTHING YOU OWN GONE, TO MAKE IT WORSE [IF THAT IS POSSIBLE] MY INSURANCE CO REFUSED TO PAY -SAID IT WAS FLOOD DAMAGE. SO WE ALL PILED IN WITH FAMILY =NINE OF US IN A SMALL HOUSE- BUT GRATEFUL WE WERE NOT IN THE STREET LIKE SO MANY OTHERS. I WENT ACROSS THE TRACKS , WITH THE SMELL OF DEATH ALL AROUND -PEOPLE-ANIMALS -ROTTEN MEAT FROM THE DOCKS IT MADE ME VOMIT-- THEY WOULDN'T LET ANY ONE ACROSS THE TRACKS AFTER THAT FOR A LONG TIME WHILE THEY SEARCHED FOR THE DEAD-- WHEN I COULD GET TO MY HOUSE -MY BROTHER IN LAW AND I TORE OUT ALL THE SHEET ROCK AND CARPET AND FURNITURE-CLEANED WITH BLEACH- AND NOW ARE BACK IN OUR HOUSE -ANY HELP FOR MY KIDS WILL BE APPRECIATED
Knight Family of 2
ID # 472
Mother - Age 56
Father - Age 55
Originally from Bogalusa, Louisiana 
Comments: We stayed in a home with a hundred year old tree on it for 5 days with 10 other family members until we could get enough gas for our cars to get out of the town. We went 5 different directions and sill are not back together. We took my 85 yr old father in law and 50 yr old sister in law. We made it to Meridian Miss with 0 gas and had to wait in a line for 5 hrs to get gas. My father is now in the hospital and is not expected to last the week. 
Snyderman Family of 5
ID # 473
Mother - Age 45
Children - 2 Boys - 18, 9
Grandmother - Age 66
Grandfather - Age 69
Originally from Theodore, Alabama 
Comments: We were sitting at home , wind and rain was crazy.. it was scary. I had a feeling I should have left then a tree fell on our house .. then another one fell in front , that was it for us.. I told my boys to run to the car.. We left then flooded out in the water .. my son was saying mom.. we cant stay in the car, we have to leave. so we ran for it an left the car cause it was sliding and was scared we would go off the road in the main water.. so we ran and found someone with a car and they took us to safety.. we are thankful to be alive . we are now staying with family and praying that soon we will have our own place. If someone can please adopt my family for Christmas we would be so happy.. my oldest son is into computers, music, clothes, jewelry my youngest is into legos, playstation 2 , rockets and models.
Jessemy Family of 2
ID # 474
Mother - Age 41
Children - 1 Girl - 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Vista, California  12/03/05

Comments: Me, my daughter and several friends made a trip to Rex, GA on Thursday, 8/26/05 to take care of a personal matter in Georgia. Our intentions were to leave Atlanta on Saturday, August 28, 2005. While preparing to leave we received a text message that LSU (my friend's job) was off from work the upcoming Monday due to Hurricane Katrina. We were here only to take care of a personal matter, so we only had (3) days of clothing. Imagine leaving home with the expectancy of returning back home (2) days later. Well, that never happened. We have been here ever since making transitions and changes as we go along. Each day is a challenge just with the fact of practically starting all over again. We are taking things one day at a time and we believe everything will work out for out. One on our greatest desires is to live in our own house once again like in the NO.
Gros Family of 3
ID # 475
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 22
Children - 1 Boy - 3
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Raleigh, North Carolina  12/08/05

Comments: I am filling this out for my son and his family. They lived in Metairie. They are now living in TN due to extensive damage to the apartment they moved into shortly before the hurricane hit. We all evacuated to Little Rock. My son's company was able to find him a job in TN since the store in New Orleans was damaged and still has not opened. My son is working at two different stores to make ends meet. He and his wife are worried about Christmas for their son who is 3. My grandson still asks about going home. They consider themselves to be lucky as our entire family got out of the area safely. They weren't going to leave at first, then my husband told them to go - they were preparing the fire stations for the storm (my husband is a firefighter and stayed for the storm). My son and his family left on Sunday morning at 11:00 and drove until 5:00 the next morning when they reached Little Rock. We all feel blessed that our family is safe and sound. This will be our first holiday apart from each other. Any help that is given will be appreciated. May God bless you. Thank you.
Brock Family of 3
ID # 476
Mother - Age 32
Children - 1 Boy - 16; 1 Girl - 12
Originally from Terrytown, Louisiana 
Comments: It was a terrible experience for me and my kids.
Bolton Family of 4
ID # 477
Mother - Age 26
Children - 1 Girl - 2
Originally from Beaumont, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Bentonville, Arkansas  12/18/05

Harris Family of 1
ID # 478
Male - Age 22
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: It was a bad experience. Its to heartbreaking to even tell it.
Jones Family of 4
ID # 479
Mother - Age 28
Children - 1 Boy - 8; 1 Girl 10
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Chenango Forks, New York  12/08/08

Comments: Evacuated New Orleans the day before the the storm hit, I still had a hard time trying to get help finding a shelter there was no lights or running water in the Louisiana area where I evacuated I had to sleep in my car for three days before I could get gas to get to where I am now.
Andrews Family of 5
ID # 480
Mother - Age 37
Children - 2 Boys - 14, 17; 1 Girl 14
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: It felt like hell being in that Superdome. We didn't have enough food, water, or protection. It felt like hell on earth inside.
Brock Family of 2
ID # 481
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 Boy - 10
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Gaithersburg, Maryland  11/20/05

Comments: The Superdome felt horrible, no food, water, no clothes, or proper protection.
Ramsey Family of 4
ID # 482
Mother - Age 28
Children - 2 Boys - 21 Months, 8 Months; 1 Girl - 10
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Fort Worth, Texas  12/13/05

Morris Family of 5
ID # 483
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 33
Children - 3 Boys - 12, 9, 7
Originally from Bogalusa, Louisiana 

Adopted by IE Discovery in
Austin, Texas  12/08/05

Comments: We stayed for the storm, something we will never do again. I worked at the hospital so I could not leave. but as soon as I was off we to Port Allen, LA. The closes city with a room and  stayed there for a while. When we did go back home we went to my mothers because she had a little running water and gas. We had wind and water damage to our home. my father was missing for about a week and my uncle was missing for two weeks before there shelters contacted us. I was so stressed and I did not even realize it. I ended up in the ER with extremely high blood pressure. It was horrible and it saddens me to this day when I see pictures and hear the way some people were treated and are stilled be treated.  I just thank God that we are ok and pray for strength for myself and everyone to make it thru.
Bush Family of 4
ID # 484
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 29
Children - 1 Boy - 7; 1 Girl - 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Wilmington, North Carolina  11/29/05

Comments: I was forced to evacuate to Texas. Then had to evacuate for hurricane Rita from in Texas which was a very horrible experience because we had already went through it once. We then went to Atlanta, GA where other relatives were, decide to stay until we can return to New Orleans. My job is awaiting my return, but I am trying to locate a home or trailer before I return with my kids. It has been rough and hard. BUT THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME???
Rogers Family of 4
ID # 485
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 28
Children - 2 Boys - 5, 2
Originally from Saucier, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Falls Church, Virginia  12/03/05

Comments: We evacuated to a family members home. When we were able to return home, we found our home destroyed
Thrasher Family of 5
ID # 486
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 26
Children - 2 Boys - 6, 13; 1 Girl - 15
Originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Colorado Springs, Colorado  12/10/05

Comments: LOST EVERYTHING IN THE STORM (HURRICANE KATRINA) & RELOCATED TO COLORADO SPRINGS
Schivers Family of 5
ID # 487
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 30
Children - 2 Boys - 8, 3; 1 Girl - 6
Originally from Saucier, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Rochester, Michigan  12/02/05

Comments: HAD TO EVACUATE TO A FAMILY MEMBERS. WHEN RETURNED HOME IT WAS DESTROYED
Chittenden Family of 6
ID # 488
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 28
Children - 2 Boys - 6, 10; 2 Girls - 12, 9
Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana 
Comments: ME AND MY HUSBAND WAS NOT TOGETHER FOR 10 DAYS WE GOT BACK TOGETHER AND WAS PUT IN TEXAS IN A HOTEL. NOW WE ARE IN BATON ROUGE IN A HOTEL AND HAVE NOWHERE  TO GO WE AND A HOUSE THAT WE CAN CALL HOME AGAIN.
Wiltz Family of 3
ID # 489
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 35
Children - 1 Boy - 12
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Niceville, Florida  12/12/05

Comments: We need all the help we can get! please help us.
Spencer Family of 6
ID # 490
Mother - Age 32
Children - 1 Boy - 11; 4 Girls - 3, 22 Months, 5 Months, 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: It was something I never want to experience again in life to have all of your things destroyed within minutes. Everyone to me was a victim because we had to relocate whether we wanted to or not and that puts a strain on our families because they have extra people to look out for now.
Carver Family of 6
ID # 491
Mother - Age 36
Father - Age 39
Children - 1 Boy - 2; 1 Girl - 18
2 Female Cousins Age - 14, 17
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana 
Comments: We fled on sat before hurricane with a family of 15 we went camping for the hurricane. The people of the town we were in La. were very kind and helped in so many ways. As far me and my fly. we lost everything, my mother and grandma lost their house and my aunts was flooded pretty bad which is where we are now and helping fix the house, as we are looking for a home to call ours.
Wise Family of 11
ID # 492
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 40
Children - 3 Boys - 3, 13, 10;
4 Girls - 2, 14, 7, 4
Grandmother - Age 64
Grandfather - Age 63
Originally from Arabi, Louisiana 

Adopted by Sanders/Wingo Advertising
in Austin, Texas  12/12/05

Comments: It has been very dramatic experience on the entire family both financially as well as emotionally one which we will survive
Usand Family of 6
ID # 493
Mother - Age 47
Father - Age 37
Children - 3 Boys - 11, 18, 23
Granddaughter - Age 17 Months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: Unbelievable, I had to evacuate for both hurricanes. After evacuating for Katrina I resided in a Hotel in Vinton LA. for one month. I was forced to evacuate for Rita, the hotel said Rita would be a direct hit. We left our belongings again. There were no hotels available, so we just droved until we were tied.
Sanders Family of 4
ID # 494
Mother - Age 35
Children - 2 Boys - 10, 17; 1 Girl - 14
Originally from Mobile, Alabama 

Adopted by a family in
Ignacio, Colorado  11/30/05

Comments: Me and my kids went to a shelter here in Mobile for the storm and came home to everything flooded and wet. The water line was very high and all of my kids clothes and everything was destroyed. We are currently living with family members until I can get enough money to move.
Williams Family of 3
ID # 495
Mother - Age 28
Father - Age 23
Children - 1 Girl - 6
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 

Adopted by Oak Grove High School's Diversity Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi  11/18/05

Comments: Well before the storm, I was not even going to out of town because, I did not think it was going to be that bad. So I only pack enough clothes for two day. I did not think that it be two weeks before I could come to see my apartment. My apartment did not have much happen, but my car was under water.
Forrest Family of 5
ID # 496
Mother - Age 40
Children - 1 Boy - 13; 2 Girls - 19 & 16
1 grandson - 1
Originally from Grandbay, Alabama 
Comments: Well we were in Pascagoula ms at the time over a cousin house thinking we wouldn't get no damage because the house was a 2 story house bricked in. well we didn't think about the water. when we looked out the window we seen water rushing toward us, it fill the yard first then the water started rushing underneath the door so we start climbing on table, chairs until we had to get on top of the roof with a ladder and all i could grab was 1 blanket the baby. So when we called for the national guard to come get us we was turned down. so we had to walk in high water to a near hotel.
Daniels Family of 5
ID # 497
Mother - Age 38
Father - Age 44
Children - 1 Boy - 17; 1 Girl - 16
Grandfather- 81
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: I worked in a restaurant in Kenner, LA and on Sunday we cooked food for the police officers working the evacuation until 4 pm. Fifteen of us then got on the road and headed for Shreveport. We all stayed with a family friend and waited to see when we could go home. Some of my family was lucky and they were spared the worst. My grandfather lived in Waveland Mississippi and all that was left of his house was a slab, after my grandmother passing away last May. My house in Mid-City New Orleans is a total. We are living in a private house in Laplace La so that my son could return to school and graduate where he already had a music scholarship for college set-up. We all had insurance, but to date have seen nothing from flood or homeowners.
Perkins Family of 2
ID # 498
Mother - Age 45
Children - 1 Boy - 16
Originally from Dallas, Texas 
Comments: when katrina hit i feel as though my whole life was changed. everything that I ever had was taken away from us in one day. But i thank god that I made it out with my life and my childs life.thank you and god bless you
Fanning Family of 5
ID # 499
Mother - Age 41
Children - 1 Boy - 16; 2 girls 13 & 9
Grandmother - Age 67
Originally from Violet, Louisiana 
Comments: We left the day before and came to GA. where my mother lives. watched it on TV. talked to people still there for info. I went back to Metairie and road out Rita to get my lab from my x-husband, seen the destruction just in that area, I was so in shock that i took pictures. I can only imagine the devastation my parish took (st.bernard) we left with 1 basket of clothes for the 4 of us. we lost everything. now we need housing to stay here. we are not going back to that mess and drama.  I just want to say thank you to everyone helping. God bless everyone including the rest of the survivors from this.
A. Triplett Family of 2
ID # 500
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 Boy - 13
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
M. Triplett Family of 3
ID # 501
Mother - Age 48
Children - 1 Boy - 11; 1 girl 7
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  12/12/05

Hammond Family of 6
ID # 502
Mother - Age 45
Children - 1 Boy - 12; 2 girls 13 & 3
Grandmother - Age 63
Sister - Age 23
Originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi 
Comments: My mother came to get my children and I that Saturday before the storm. We went to Delisle, MS to my brothers house. I thought that we were going to be able to go home after the storm. I only brought 3 outfits with me for my children and I to wear. When we were finally able to get back into Pass Christian I found that my house was destroyed. I could not save anything. My mother and sister brought clothes from their house before the storm for my children. I had to share their clothes. My mom and sister also lost everything in their house and are living with my brother also. We are all doing fine and are just so happy that God blessed us to be ok.   Thanks to everyone who has helped whether it was a donation of time, money, or even a prayer. We are so blessed.
Gillett Family of 3
ID # 503
Mother - Age 45
Father - Age 37
Children - 1 Boy - 19
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments
Seawright Family of 5
ID # 504
Mother - Age 39
Children - 2 Boys - 9, 5; 1 Girl - 12
Grandmother - Age 64
Originally from Irvington, Alabama 
Comments: We had to evacuate to a church, never really been in hurricane situation originally from Michigan, had problem explaining to my 9&5 yr. old this is serious, they thought we were just going on a trip. Until we saw the wind gusting and the signs flying off building, I will never stay around for another one, we will leave the state.
Hillard Family of 3
ID # 505
Mother - Age 58
Children - 1 Girl - 39
Sister - Age 52
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: OUR DRIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS TO MONROE, LA TOOK US 13 HOURS WHERE IT WOULD HAVE NORMALLY TAKEN 4 HOURS. BECAUSE OF OUR LACK OF MONEY WE WENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE. WE STAYED IN BEST VALUE INN WHERE THE AC BLOW UP. THAN TO A CATHOLIC CHURCH WHO FOUND US A PLACE AT BEST WESTERN FOR 2 NIGHT AND THEN WE WERE MOVED TO RED ROOF INN FOR THE DURATION OF THE TIME. OUR ORDEAL WAS BOTH CHAOTIC AND HORRIFYING BECAUSE WE LEFT FAMILY MEMBERS BEHIND WHO DID NOT WANT TO EVACUATE WHO FELT LIKE NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN. SOME OF THEM WE STILL HAVE NOT HEARD FROM. BUT WE THANK GOD FOR HIS GRACE AND HIS MERCY. WE REALIZE THAT WHAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH HAS MADE IT NECESSARY IN ORDER FOR US TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN HIM. WE THANK GOD FOR JUST BEING A LIVE EVEN THOUGH ALL WAS LOST. WE ALL HAD BETWEEN 4.5 FEET TO 7 FEET OF WATER IN OUR HOUSE, BUT TO GOD BE THE GLORY. 
Harris Family of 5
ID # 506
Mother - Age 42
Children -  3 Boys - 12, 25, 10 Months; 1 Girl - 16
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana 
Comments: Well at first we left before the hurricane but me and some friends I was too far away to get to my mother to go with her to Texas. So we traveled to Midening Louisiana and we were sleeping on the floor on mattresses that was old and out of shape. and at night things was biting us and as we woke in the morning ants was on the mattress. We was on like a farm in a old gym and they had to keep the door open because they didn't have air-condition...But like 2 days later we went to Shreveport because some people came and said it was unfit. But while I was in Shreveport I got lost at a football game and didn't have anywhere to go and I didn't have a cell phone to call to see where they was but I had 5 Dollars so I called my mom because I was already tired of being their not getting feed right and getting my things stolen even when I didn't have anything from the start. So I was stranded and my mom said she was going to send me a ticket to go to Atlanta...yes I was scared so I received my ticket, I wasn't going to get the ticket because I didn't have an I.D. but the lady was kind enough to give it to me anyway but I met a lady on the bus that was from New Orleans and she brought my food because I didn't have any money, but finally I got to Atlanta with the clothes on my back and a pair of slippers.
Laraque Family of 1
ID # 507
Female - Age 82
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Bogalusa, LA 11/23/05

Comments: MY GRANDDAUGHTER FORCED ME TO EVACUATE. IT WAS MY INTENTION TO REMAIN BEHIND AS I HAVE DONE FOR MANY OTHERS. SHE CONTACTED ME TWO DAYS PRIOR AND INFORMED ME TO PACK. I RESISTED AND SHE INSISTED. MY FINAL WARNING WAS A THREAT THAT I WOULD BE FORCIBLY REMOVED FROM THE HOME. AT 82 I AM NOT A FIGHTER AND SHE WOULD NOT STOP HARASSING ME SO I RELUCTANTLY PACKED FOR 3 DAYS. OFF I WENT ON MY WAY TO AUSTIN TEXAS. I WAS ANGRY THE ENTIRE WAS AND FELT SICK. 24 HOURS LATER WE ARRIVED IN TEXAS AND STAYED IN A HOTEL. AFTER THE HURRICANE I COULD NOT WAIT TO SPEAK WITH MY GRAND-DAUGHTER SO I COULD SAY "SEE I COULD HAVE REMAINED BEHIND!" (SHE REMAINED BEHIND TO WORK AT CHARITY HOSPITAL). THESE WORDS WOULD NEVER BE UTTERED SINCE SHORTLY AFTER THE TRUE DEVASTATION BEGAN. THE BREAKING OF THE DAMS AND THE MASS CHAOS BY THE CRIMINALS IN NEW ORLEANS WAS FAR TO MUCH TO ENDURE. I WAS SAFE AND I OWE IT TO GOD AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER. 1 MONTH IN A HOTEL, MANY FORMS LATER AND APARTMENT HERE I AM. MY HOME THAT I HAVE LIVED IN FOR GREATER THAN 50 YEARS WAS COMPLETELY UNDER WATER. I HAVE NOT BEEN BACK. MY GRANDDAUGHTER HAS GONE TWICE TO GUT THE HOME AND SO FAR WAS ABLE TO SAVE MY BLESSED MOTHER STATUE AND TWO PLATES FROM MY CHINA. ALL ELSE APPEARS TO BE LOST-50 YEARS GONE. I HAVE NO IDEA OF MY NEXT MOVE, WHEN THE MONEY FOR RENT IS GONE, OR WHERE I'LL BE 2 MONTHS FROM NOW. MY GRANDDAUGHTER HAS ASSURED ME THAT I WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE WITH HER. ALL IN ALL THIS SOUNDS GRIM AND IT IS BUT I AM SO HAPPY TO BE ALIVE I COULD JUMP 10 FEET--BUT I CAN'T----------------------NOT HURRICANE RELATED...I COULDN'T DO THAT BEFORE THE STORM.:} :}HAVE A GREAT AND HAPPY HOLIDAY----LOVE AND ENJOY EACH OTHER. THANK YOU
G. Bernard Family of 2
ID # 508
Mother - Age 42
Children - 1 Boy - 20
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Sierra Madre, California  12/04/05

Comments: I MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR MY FAMILY TO LEAVE ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE HURRICANE WITH EXPECTED 3 DAY STAY. I REMAINED TO WORK (HOSPITAL) AND PACKED EXPECTING TO RETURN HOME. SEVEN DAYS LATER AND AFTER MUCH DESPAIR OF POTENTIALLY NEVER BEING RESCUED AND THOUGHTS OF PASSING ON AT CHARITY HOSPITAL I WAS SENT OUT. ARMED MILITARY PERSONS IN 2 BOATS, 1 HELICOPTER, AND 1 BUS TO ARRIVE AT A SHELTER FOR TWO ADDITIONAL DAYS. FOUR PLANES LATER I ARRIVED IN AUSTIN AND WAS REUNITED WITH MY FAMILY. ONE MONTH LATER WE FOUND AN APARTMENT. WE LEFT WITH NOTHING AND HAVE LITTLE BUT WE ARE BLESSED TO BE ALIVE AND WELL AND CAPABLE OF GOING ON. MY HOME WAS DESTROYED AS WELL AS ALL MY BELONGINGS. LIFE IS FULL OF CHANGES. ONE DAY YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT ALL AND THEN ITS GONE. THIS IS DIFFICULT TO COMPLETE SINCE I'VE NEVER BEEN THIS OVERWHELMED, CONFUSED AND HOMELESS. I HAVE NEVER NEEDED TO ASK FOR ANYTHING--WORK AND PURCHASE IS MY MOTTO. THIS DISASTER HAS GIVEN ME A WHOLE NEW PERCEPTION ON LIFE AND THE NEEDY--SINCE I HAVE TEMPORARILY BECAME ONE OF THEM. ONE TAKES LITTLE THINGS FOR GRANTED. TREASURE LIFE AND ENJOY. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR OFFERING TO HELP.
Grant Family of 8
ID # 509
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 33
Children - 2 Boys - 6, 3; 3 Girls - 13, 11, 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Hamden, Connecticut  12/07/05

Comments: My family consist of 5 kids and 3 adults. We stayed in a hotel the night of the hurricane concerned with financial abilities. From there we were evacuated to the Louisiana Superdome and from ther to the Convention Center for 5 days. After experiencing an extreme amount of deaths, it was too much for the family to bare. From there we started a journey towards Interstate 10 where we were not alarmed of the amount of water. We then had to break down an iron fence to retrieve a boat. Not realizing where any of our family were we were startled. Having no food or clean water for days at a time was devastating. We then proceeded of to the evacuation process where the coast guard was a great help. We traveled from boat-bus-plane-bus-plane-bus, all across the southern united states. Now finding shelter in Dallas we are becoming a better family realizing how ,many lives were lost and how much we lost, but have to be thankful for. We appreciate everything that has been done for us thus far and pray that we can soon get our lives back together. Please help a well deserving family remember the good times and how love is shown, not only on holidays but for eternity. LOST AND FORGOTTEN
Fields Family of 3
ID # 510
Mother - Age 28
Children - 1 Boy - 7; 1 Girl - 2
Originally from Slidell, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
New Preston, Connecticut  11/30/05

Comments: I MIGHT BE IN A FEMA TRAILER SO I REALLY CAN'T GIVE AN ADDRESS AT THIS TIME.
Teurman Family of 5
ID # 511
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 47
Children - 2 Girls - 11, 10
Grandmother - Age - 73
Originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi
Comments: We had to be evacuated to a shelter were we lived for 3 weeks. Then family let us come stay with them where we still are. Our home was totally destroyed nothing left but the axels of mobile home. We lost everything. any help at all gratefully appreciated. Thank you and god bless...
Washington Family of 6
ID # 512
Mother - Age 33
Father - Age 35
Children - 3 Boys - 17, 14, 6; 1 Girl - 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: We left before the storm with ten other families. A total of over 40 people (men, women, and children). We stayed in a hotel and ran out of money to pay and some people helped us to find help.
Murray Family of 1
ID # 513
Female - Age 26
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Bowling Green, OH 11/28/05

Comments: I left with my older sister and her kids. I only took 3 days of changing clothes and that was it. After the devastation we went home and everything was destroyed I ever owned. Thank everyone for there generosity.
Lauer Family of 4
ID # 514
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 Boy - 12
Grandmother - Age 61
Grandfather - Age 63
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Cortez, Colorado  12/06/05

Comments: When we left we left with very little we were packing for a weekend getaway and unfortunately were in one of the worst hit areas. Needless to say we lost everything and  need everything right down to curtains. Well if anyone can help we would appreciate it more than you can imagine. Thanks So much  Thank you for your help and consideration of our family.
Reboul Family of 4
ID # 515
Father - Age 53
Children - 3 Girls - 15, 20, 19
Originally from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 

Adopted by a Surplus Line Associates in Chicago, Illinois  12/01/05

Comments: Evacuated to Baton Rouge LA to aunt and uncles house and then when we returned we saw we no longer had a home. It was a pile of rubble....all  we have left were the few clothes we had left with we were devastated, It has been a horrific ordeal...No one could ever know the sadness in everyone's heart. Our lives and everyone here will never be the same. I am a close friend of the family and  I am submitting their names to you because they not only lost their home and all of their possessions they are also going through a rough time since their father was in an auto accident and is going to be in the hospital for a while they deserve any help.
Hampton Family of 1
ID # 516
Female - Age 59
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Saint Rose, Louisiana 12/07/05

Comments: First of all I did not want to leave with my children when they ask me to so I decided to stay. I was home for 5 days in my attic until someone rescue my by helicopter I was very afraid because I am a very large lady. I am very stressed out I worked for Orleans Parish School board for 30 years and was very dedicated to my job and I lost that along with my home and car. Now I have nothing! But I thank God up above for spearing my life and having faith in him. From this day on I will evacuate when my only two children tell me to. I want to thank God for his works and also everyone that has helped the Katrina victims.
Ritch Family of 4
ID # 517
Male - Age 29
Male Cousin - Age 28
Children - 2 Girls - 8, 1
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Ewing, New Jersey  12/03/05

Comments: I traveled from New Orleans. to Monroe in my cousins old van, It was 21 of us altogether than we came to Georgia for help it has been along struggle. We need coats.
R. Cobbs Family of 3
ID # 518
Mother - Age 35
Children - 2 Boys - 14, 12
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: I had to work and I left my sons with a friend. I worked at Sheriff Foti as a Deputy Sheriff. While at work the freezer went out and we were (employees and prisoners) left with no food or water for 6 days and 5 nights. Finally we were reused by boat and taken to the bridge where we climbed off a homemade ramp onto the bus. Then, we were taken to a shelter in Hammond Louisiana. Mean while I was in panic because I did not know where my children where or other family members. I did not have access to communicate with them to find out where they were located at. While in the shelter I cleaned up, received clothing, food, and I was afraid of being kidnapped because I am a dwarf. While in the shelter I found my children and other family members so I hitched hiked a ride in the back of a HANO truck to Houston where my family pick me up. Thanks be to God and thank everyone
Wilson Family of 7
ID # 519
Mother - Age 55
Children - 5 Boys - 16, 12, 15, 11, 16
Sister - Age 50
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
Comments: 21 members of my family drove New Orleans to Monroe we ended up at the Monroe civic we didn't receive help in Monroe so we came to Georgia for help in my son old van that smoked all the way. We all need coats.
Lavigne Family of 4
ID # 520
Mother - Age 32
Children - 2 Boys - 12, 11 Months; 1 Girl - 14
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by Parkway Diner in
Burlington, Vermont 11/28/05

Comments: I'm crying about the thing  my kids and I had to see and  experience with Katrina .I would not want to wish on my enemy. .My kids an I had to be rescued from the east of New Orleans and we saw  bodies in the water. There were kids from all ages. We lost everything that we had , pictures of all my kids when they were baby that's something I'll never get back in life. But we are trying to get back on track but it's hard to really that everything you work for so hard is go and never to be again. I would like to thank the people TX. for all their help and to thank God for letting me and my kids make it.
D. Cobbs Family of 2
ID # 521
Mother - Age 32
Children - 1 Boy - 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by Fullmer Contract in
Santa Ana, California  12/06/05

Comments: My son Left a day before Hurricane Katrina with his nanny because I had to worked at University Hospital. I was left in the hospital for 6 days and 5 nights with very little water and food. Day 5 of the hurricane helicopters dropped CAT food down for us to eat yeah that's right CAT food. It was hot, stinky and I worked long and hard with the other staff members to keep the patients safe. Finally, we were rescued by a fan boat to City Hall where we boarded a bus to a shelter in San Antonio, Texas. Once I stepped off the bus I was in search of my son and his nanny. The authorities help me to clean myself up and gave me food, clothing and allowed me to use a phone to located my family and I did. I then caught a bus to Houston, Texas Reliant Center where my family picked me up. I won't to thank everyone for helping me.
Hinton Family of 3
ID # 522
Mother - Age 37
Children - 2 Girls 11, 18 
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 

Unadopted - unable to reach family.

Comments: Don't have an exciting rescue story....stayed here and had a lot of damage. But came out better than some.
Broussard Family of 6
ID # 523
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 27
Children - 4 Boys - 9, 6, 5, 4 
Originally from Berwick, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Rockford, Illinois  12/01/05

Comments: We evacuated to my sister's house in Lafayette, LA. Among us there were 15 other family members. Both of the bedrooms in our apt. received water damage. Because of the water damage we lost our bedroom furniture, clothes, and shoes. The landlord is repairing his apt. but since we did not have renter's insurance our contents were not covered.

Porter Family of 8
ID # 524
5 Males - Age 36, 28, 21, 17, 10
3 Females - Age 40, 38, 16
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Family who adopted this family couldn't help with needs ...

They need RE-ADOPTING ... 

Comments: WE HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THE ROOF BY HELICOPTER. BARLEY ESCAPED DEATH WE WERE SO AFRAID THE ONLY THING WE HELD ON TO WAS OUR FAITH IN GOD THAT ONLY HE COULD SEE US THROUGH. IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE THAT NO ONE IN OUR FAMILY WILL EVER FORGET. WE WERE ALWAYS CLOSE BUT THIS TRAGEDY HAS BONDED US LIKE NEVER BEFORE. ALL WE HAVE AT THIS IS LOVE FOR EACH OTHER ,WE SHARE THE SMALL AMOUNT OF DONATED CLOTHES THAT GIVEN TO US BY GENEROUS PEOPLE. IT'S NOT ALOT BUT WE MANAGE WE WASH THE CLOTHES NIGHTLY TO MAKE EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING CLEAN FOR NEXT DAY. THE CHILDREN ARE ASHAMED TO ATTEND SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE OF CLOTHES. THE OTHERS MAKE FUN OF THEM BECAUSE WE AFFORD THE THEY USE TO HAVE. IT MAKES ME CRY WHEN I SEE MY KIDS GO OUT THE BECAUSE I NO THAT THIS IS THE BEST I CAN DO RIGHT. I TALK TO THEM AND ASK THEM TO PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THINGS WILL GET BETTER ONE DAY. WE LIVE BY OUR FAITH. THANK FOR LISTENING. we could use any financial donations that can be allotted we are so completely broke that myself and my kids father sell blood just to feed the kids. WE HAVE NO HELP FROM FEMA AS OF YET, WE HAVE BEEN GETTING BROKEN PROMISES FROM THEM SINCE THE STORM HIT. WE HAVE NO FINANCIAL HELP WE HAVE BEEN ON THE TOO MUCH TO FIND WORK ,SO WE SETTLED HERE JUST SO THE KIDS COULD GET BACK IN SCHOOL. I'M LOOKING FOR WORK DOING SOMETHING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

Green Family of 6
ID # 525
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 31
Children - 3 Boys - 12, 6, 5; 1 Girl - 11
Originally from Moss Point, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Brighton, Massachusetts  11/30/05

Comments: We left on Sunday morning evacuating to Atlanta. It took us 11 hours to make a 6 hour drive. It was very frustrating with the kids traveling for a long period of time. There was very limited gas. My kids would be grateful to anyone that can help us, because I lost my job and this will be a Christmas to remember.

Finch Family of 4
ID # 526
Mother - Age 20
Children - 1 Girl 22 Months
Brother - Age 14
Grandmother - Age 49
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Missoula, Montana  12/17/05

Comments: WE WERE EVACUATED FROM OUR HOME 09/04/05 BY THE MILITARY. WE STILL CAN'T FORGET THE MANY DECEASED AND THE SICK THAT WE WERE UNABLE TO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO. 80% OF NEW ORLEANS THAT FLOODED WAS POOR AN AFRO AMERICAN. WE GIVE GOD THE GLORY FOR SUSTAINING US THRU THE ENTIRE ORDEAL.

Lowe Family of 2
ID # 527
Mother - Age 20
Children - 1 Boy 3 Months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Hagerstown, MD 11/23/05

Comments: My baby was 11 days old when I evacuated to Atlanta. I was in a hotel there for almost a month and a half. I didn't have enough milk and diapers for my baby. I couldn't get any housing assistance so I decided to try and meet up with my family in Texas. I finally got to Texas where other members of my family had evacuated to. I tried to apply for a Medicaid card so my baby can get medical treatment but, I don't have a copy of his birth certificate. I was told that he may not have been put in the system because the hurricane happened right after he was born. I also cannot get his social security card to apply for Medicaid. I don't know where to start with all of this. I'm still trying to get a birth certificate.

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Cline Family of 6
ID # 528
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 33
Children - 1 Boy 15; 2 Girls 13, 6
Brother - Age - 21
Originally from Avondale, Louisiana 

Comments: This was an unbelievable experience for me and my family. We were separated in the evacuation, many family member lost their home. Please help us because currently we don't have jobs.

Clark Family of 1
ID # 529
Female - Age 57
Originally from Jefferson, Louisiana 

Comments: I rode out the storm at home. I had no water or food for 2 days. I assisted some sick transplant patients to Oschner Hospital. We fed the elderly and children from the patients that were leaving the apartment buildings who gave us their food from their refrigerators. We would bar-b-que on the grill. I stayed there for 4 days before I was rescued by my son-in-law. I didn't have any electricity or running water for 3 days.

George Family of 5
ID # 530
Mother - Age 39
Father - Age 42
Children - 2 Boys - 16, 10; 1 Girl - 18
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Comments: We evacuated the day before the hurricane. It took us 12 hours to get to Houston and it usually takes 6 hours. I was separated from my mother and sister. I stayed in a hotel for 4 days. I had to rescue my aunt from a shelter in St. Antonio. I have been unable to get any assistance here. I also did not hear from my mother and sister for a week.

Espadron Family of 3
ID # 531
Female - Age 65
Male - Age 70, 85
Originally from Harvey, Louisiana 

Comments: My evacuation experiences were not good. We went to Lake Charles by our grand-daughters house a drives that usually takes 3 and 1/2 hours took 8 hours and we left 2 days before the storm hit. My daughter drove me, my husband, who is bed and wheelchair bound and my father who is 85 years old. 7 of my 8 children and their families were in Lake Charles in a 3 bedroom house all in all 30 people including my grand-daughters family. When the storm turned North we didn't know what to expect. The eye of the storm crossed right over our parish. Reports were coming in saying that the gulf had reclaimed Plaquemines parish. we were shocked! Two of my daughters rented 3 bedroom apartments so the total number in the house dropped to 12. When my children went to Port Sulphur They couldn't believe their eyes none of our homes were there. out of my 8 children 2 of them had homes to go to. when we were finally getting settled Rita was coming. we had to evacuate again, this time to Alabama it took 13 hours to get there. We were praying that my grand-daughters home would still be there. Rita was a very big storm and she was heading straight for Lake Charles. Thank God her house was spared just some roof and window damage. We stayed in Alabama for 2 weeks then me my husband and my father went to Harvey to stay with my daughter. God saw us through Betsy and Camille he will see us through katrina and Rita. My god bless you for all your help.

Madeira Family of 4
ID # 532
Mother - Age 23
Male Friend - Age 27
Children - 2 Boys - 2, Baby Due in March
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in Port St Lucie, FL 11/24/05

Comments: My apartment was damaged during the storm (70%). With no available housing locally, we have been allowed to reside in our home awaiting repairs. Most of our personal items were lost, including all items I had collected in preparation for the birth of my second child in March. I was unable to relocate because of my schooling, family, and financial situation. The aid offered on the coast is minimal. Any assistance available would be deeply appreciated. Thank you so much for your kindness.

Smoot Family of 4
ID # 533
Mother - Age 42
Father - Age 44
Children - 2 Boys - 17, 22
Originally from New Orleans, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Nashville, Tennessee  12/03/05

Comments: Not good at all I was rescued by boat, after being in water for 3 days. I arrived in Baton Rouge, La and slept in the car for 4 days. God has been truly good to me and my family thru this horrible time. My praise go out to him. I thank him everyday for my life.

Butler Family of 6
ID # 534
Mother - Age 52
Father - Age 44
Children - 1 Boy - 10; 3 Girls - 15, 13, 32
Originally from Alexandria, Louisiana 

Comments: Home was damage and contents . We as a family will be very thankful for any help. And we also pray that God will also bless you with everyday happiness. Merry Christmas to the entire world.

Montgomery Family of 4
ID # 535
Mother - Age 25
Children - 1 Girl - 7
Grandmother - Age 48
Grandfather - Age 48
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Brooklyn, New York  12/02/05

Comments: It was a rescue that I would not want to forget because me my family had to walk through the nasty water with my daughter and my nieces and nephews, and my sister and my mother and father the water was so high that i had to tip toe so that it would not be over my head and my daughter was on her mattress along with my nieces and nephews while we walk along the sides of it and we waded and also passed dead bodies along as we were trying to evacuate. PLEASE HELP AND MAY GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU.

Crumby Family of 4
ID # 536
2 Females - Age 30, 33
Children - 1 Boy - 12; 1 Girl - 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by Tea Party Entertainment in Venice, California  12/01/05

Comments: Hi! My name is Angie and Joseph and Miranda are my niece and nephew. I am putting them on the angel tree because they have lost EVERYTHING in Katrina. They had eight feet of water in their home and nothing survived. Just last year at the same time (September 14th, 2004 to be exact) they lost their 2 1/2 year old brother in a fire at their home. It was the worst time in our life and just when I thought things for them were getting more bearable, Katrina comes and destroys their home as well as all the toys, clothes and memorabilia of their deceased brother Jake Thomas. Please help me help them! Thank You!!!!!! My niece and nephew live in TN with their mom and mom's boyfriend//their relationship is not stable/items sent to above address (which is me) will get to the kids and the kids needs. Also any grief books on losing a toddler would be helpful to my sister April.

Cooper Family of 4
ID # 537
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 30
Children - 2 Girls - 3, 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Seaford, Va 11/25/05

Comments: My experiences due to Katrina were terrible and unbearable. My family and I stayed because we didn't have any transportation to leave the city. We slept in our attic for 3 nights with little food, and had to be rescued by helicopter the day after. We were very dehydrated, and thought we were going to die. We then were placed on a bus not knowing where we were going. We ended up in a shelter in Dallas, where we stayed for 3 weeks. By the grace of God we survived.

Slack Family of 10
ID # 538
Mother - Age 49
Father - Age 53
Children - 4 Boys - 24, 22, 10, 7; 4 Girls - 28, 26, 25, 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in Jackson, SC 11/28/05

Comments: Well due to the illness of my husband we went to Laplace by my oldest girl Philessia to let her know that we were going to be leaving. She didn't have a phone yet because she had just moved there. When we got ready to return home they would not let anybody back on the interstate, roads were closing. I guess rushing so that we forgot our bags, my husband meds on the porch. We drove to Baton Rouge- to a hotel- the power went out- at the hotel- they provide a few flash lights- I was really scared to walk around in the dark- I didn't want him to fall or get hurt either- it was bad- the wind was get bad- food/restaurants were few most closed we managed to find a waffle house-people were on edge- he needed to eat being a diabetes- we was limited due to power also- gas station were out of gas- you were limited-the next day we left - my husband was in need of his treatment- phone lines were down- cell phones were even so not getting connections- we drove all day until that night toward TX- tried to get rooms there were none- was able to get in touch with a friend in Dallas, TX- we headed for there- we had to try to find a hospital so he can be treated right away - the fluid was beginning to build up on him-I was praying that I find one soon- stopped at a burger king ask where I could find a hospital - we did thank God- they got him in for treatment- we were there for maybe 8-10 hours - paper work, treatment, find something to eat had to be done- I was so tired- he was weak coming off the machine-we drove rest of the night until we got to Dallas- got lost- alone the way!- we made it- need a good bath- sleep- eat again that was just the beginning. But I So grateful that we are alive and well. who could asked for more. That you for whatever is done to make this a good Christmas for us... your concern will never be forgotten. Last but certainly not lease I'm grateful to be ALIVE! Have A Happy Holiday

Cheneau Family of 4
ID # 539
Mother - Age 33
Children - 1 Boy 7; 2 Girls - 8, 3 Months   
Originally from Marrero, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Jackson, South Carolina  11/28/05

Comments: Not a happy one.

Banks Family of 7
ID # 540
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 35
Children - 1 Boy 4; 4 Girls - 14, 12, 12, 8   
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
San Francisco, California  11/30/05

Comments: We were trapped in the attic for 8 hours. My two oldest daughters along with my husband went outside to get help, they were able to flag down a rescue boat. We were picked up, dropped off on the interstate, and picked up within the next hour by the police who brought us to the superdome. We were there 5 days and it was pure HELL. All the stories that you have heard happen but it was even worse than that. There wasn't any water, air, and we were only being feed and given a bottle of water twice a day. We were put out of the Superdome to be evacuated onto buses. We stood outside for 24 hours before being allowed to enter the buses. We were brought to the airport, where we flew to San Antonio. We were in the shelter at Kelly USA for 4 days. My brother in law who stays in Mississippi sent us a plane ticket and we have been here ever since. Thank you for caring!!!

Casnave Family of 3
ID # 541
Mother - Age 57
Father - Age 57
Grandmother - Age 73   
Originally from Lacombe, Louisiana 

Comments: We evacuated to Lake Charles, Louisiana. WE stayed in a hotel for 3 days and then returned home and lived with sister. We had 7 1/2 feet of water in our home. We lost everything we owned. It has been a terrible experience but we feel fortunate to have survived. WE had no flood insurance so we are hoping to get help. God bless and thank you for any help you can give us.

Russell Family of 3
ID # 542
Mother - Age 39
Children - 1 Boy - 8
Grandmother - Age 99   
Originally from Waveland, Mississippi 

Adopted by a Haitihelpers in Plainville, GA 11/28/05

Comments: WENT TO BATON ROUGE AND RETURNED SHORTLY AFTER THE STORM TO FIND OUT WE HAD LOST EVERYTHING TO STORM SURGE. HAD TO LEAVE CHILD AND GRANDMOTHER IN BATON ROUGE . I RETURNED TO WORK AND LIVED IN A TENT UNTIL TRAILER ARRIVED AND BROUGHT FAMILY BACK. HAVE BUT GRANDMOTHER IN HOSP FOR WEAKNESS AND IS NOW IN REHAB BUT WILL BE COMING HOME SOON.

Gray Family of 6
ID # 543
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 39
Children - 3 Boys - 18, 7 (Twins); 1 Girl - 14
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by McGuire-Schrott in
Baltimore, Maryland  12/13/05

Comments: We left after hearing it was a cat. 4 storm. We kept up with the news on CNN and was really depressed when I found out the lower ninth ward area was under water, that's where my property was located. I also lost two trucks. Any help would be appreciated.

Beard Family of 4
ID # 544
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 32
Children - 2 Boys - 7, 5
Originally from Mobile, Alabama 

Adopted by a family in Lansdowne, PA 11/25/05

Comments: MY FAMILY HAD TO EVACUATE OUR HOME BECAUSE OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGES. WE'RE CURRENTLY USING CHRISTMAS SAVINGS TO MAKE REPAIRS, REPLACE FURNISHINGS, AND REPLACE CLOTHING THAT WERE DESTROYED. ANY ASSISTANCE WILL BE APPRECIATED TO THE FULLEST. THIS IS THE ONLY HOPE MY FAMILY HAS FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR MY KIDS). PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS AND MY FAMILY WILL DO THE SAME FOR ALL FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED IN ANY WAY BY THIS DISASTER. GOD BLESS

Risin Family of 6
ID # 545
Mother - Age 32
Children - 2 Boys - 15, 14; 2 Girls - 12, 11,8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Comments: We left Sunday and stayed at my cousin home. We stayed there for 4weeks then I found a place for my children and I to stay at. But as for as me I'm very stressed out about the whole thing but I know that the Lord will make a way for us.

McGee Family of 6
ID # 546
Mother - Age 40
Father - Age 38
Children - 2 Boys - 3, 17; 1 Girl - 22
Grandmother - Age 78
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Comments: We left out of New Orleans on Aug 27th, two days before the hurricane because of my mother health. She had just been released from the hospital two days before we left home. She had a mild heart attack and I needed to leave early before the traffic got bad. She would not have survived if we would have been stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. The heat was unbearable at the time and the air in the cars don't blow cold air when you are at a stand still. We made it to Dallas without any problems. However, she got sick and was hospitalized at Parkland Hospital for four days, but she survived. 

Richardson Family of 4
ID # 547
Mother - Age 48
Children - 1 Boy - 17; 2 Girls - 23 & 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Comments: We left three o'clock Sunday morning at first we were in Houston, Texas but when hurricane Rita was to hit Houston we moved to Dallas.

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Johnson Family of 1
ID # 549
Female - Age 51
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Comments: Left home with my mother the day before the storm. We were watching the news to get updates on the storm and saw my house caravan and everything I own under water. I was devastated to know that I might ever be able to go back.

Major Family of 4
ID # 550
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 24
Children - 1 Boy - 18 months; 1 Girl - 3

Originally from Hammond, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
West Orange, New Jersey  12/12/05

Comments: We were not going to evacuate because of having no money and our car was acting up. My mother in law gave us her car and we scraped some money together. We were planning on going to Texas to meet up with relatives, but got on the contra flow going the wrong direction. We ended up going to Jackson, Mississippi. Thankfully, my mother in law's cousin lived in Jackson and put us up. We stayed there for over a week and finally made our way to Texas where we stayed with family.

Gilbert Family of 1
ID # 551
Male - Age 48
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by Bloom Where You're Planted in Jacksonville, Florida  12/17/05

Comments: First of all, the water came into my house at 18 ft high. I cut a hole in the roof and was rescued by a neighborhood boat that had a hole in it. I was bought to a bridge where I stayed for two days. From there I went to the convention center and stayed there for 5 days with no water or food no electricity or gas with no way to bathe. Ants ate up my foot. I was then shipped to Arkansas by the National Guard. I received several vaccinations and now I suffer with my stomach because of that. I will be glad to share my entire story with my sponsor.

Walker Family of 4
ID # 552
Mother - Age 28
Children - 1 Boy - 9; 2 Girls - 7 & 4 months

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Oakland, California  11/30/05

Comments: My kids and I left the Saturday before the storm with a few family members. So we didn't have to go through that terrible ordeal. But not knowing about the storm until that day, I left behind everything. And that's the hardest thing for me to handle.

Major Family of 5
ID # 553
Mother - Age 47
Father - Age 51
Children - 3 Girls - 21, 1, & 3

Originally from Slidell, Louisiana 

Comments: We evacuated to Texas for Katrina. It took us 17 1/2 hours to get there and when it usually takes just 5. We returned to discover that we lost everything, that there was no place to live, and that we did not have enough insurance nor did we have any content coverage. We ended up having to sleep on our wet mattress and in the mold and mildew for 2 months. Thank god we just got a FEMA trailer and do not have to worry where we will be sleeping. It has been very very difficult for my family but we have each other.  This is really been quite an experience. We have been blessed with the help from churches all over the country. They have fed us and given much needed cleaning supplies. One church from Virginia came in and helped by removing trees and debris. Our family is so grateful for all the help. I do not know where we would be without it.

Joseph Family of 3
ID # 554
Mother - Age 21
Father - Age 24
Children - 1 girl - 1
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in the United States Air Force Base - The Netherlands
12/15/05

Comments: my family and myself evacuated to Mississippi for the storm and stayed there for about two weeks without water or lights but we still survived only to return to west bank New Orleans to find that our home was destroyed and we had no were to go and less than two weeks to collect our belongings that was salvageable and get out.  Thank You

Palmer Family of 8
ID # 555
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 33
Children - 2 boys - 7 & 17; 2 girls 10 & 12
Sister-in-Law - 34
Brother-in-Law - 38

Originally from St. Bernard, Louisiana 

Comments: I'm sending this e-mail for my Sister-In-Law (Stacy Palmer) They lived in St. Bernard, Louisiana. And lost EVERYTHING due to Hurricane Katrina. Evacuation experience for them was tragic. Knowing that everything the owned was going to be lost. When they finally got to go back and see the damage was heart breaking, words couldn't even begin to describe what they felt. Especially for the kids to see it also. The heart break and depression still continues for them. They are living with me (Penny Plaisance) and my family. Which we are also in need of help. Due to Landlord wanting to evict us for having FEMA trailers put on property for my brother & his family to live in.  Please call for more what is going on, and a better understanding.

Miller Family of 3
ID # 556
Mother - Age 21
Father - Age 23
Children - 1 girl - 14 months

Originally from Slidell, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Brandon, Mississippi  12/10/05

Comments:  My husband is in the navy stationed in San Diego and we were supposed to close on a house in Slidell on the 31st of august, which happens to be my daughters 1st birthday so my husband came in town, had everything at my moms. my husband daughter and i evacuated to Oklahoma where his sister lives and stayed for a week and went back home to Slidell and we lost everything some things i didn't care were gone but i lost my ultrasound pics when i was pregnant with riley, my wedding pictures, all my clothes, all Riley's clothes, her toys, books, we left with 2 outfits each not thinking much was going to happen but we had about 4 ft. of water in my moms house. i am thankful she is so little and wont remember all this pain i feel. riley and i have since moved to Chula Vista ca where we are staying in military housing.  I am not worried about myself i just would like stuff for my daughter maybe some books she likes dr. suess but anything would be great. clothing, toys, learning toys, she likes pooh bear, jojos circus, dora , sesame street. clothing shoes diapers size 4

France Family of 6
ID # 557
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 41
Children - 2 boys - 4 & 15, 2 girls 5 & 11

Originally from Waveland, Mississippi

Comments: We lived several blocks from the Beach in Waveland. My wife had to stay since she is in the health care profession. I evacuated with the children. My wife rode out the storm at a retirement home. We lost our home but thank God no one was there and no one was hurt. It took several weeks for us to find one other and reunite because of the poor phone communication and forced evacuation of those who had stayed. We are struggling but we have one another.

Gibson Family of 4
ID # 558
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 41
Children - 1 boy 7; 1 girl 4

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Comments: I would not say we had it hard like other people. But what we are dealing with is just as much. Not being able to explain to our kids, that their items at home is stolen and destroyed. And that we don't know where their shih tzu puppy(Kizzy) is.

Harsson Family of 6
ID # 559
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 42
Children - 3 boys - 15, 14 & 13
Grandmother - Age 63

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi

Thomas Family of 4
ID # 560
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 33
Children - 2 girls - 11 & 9

Originally from Metairie, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Tampa, Florida  12/12/05

Comments: well i didn't want to leave but i eventually ended up leaving. we had to car pool because my car wasn't in god condition. we left with my mother in law her car broke down in Mississippi and we hitched hike with her daughters on the back of a truck we was in a shelter in Mississippi and the storm was headed that way we had to leave and find a hotel with no money found some money stayed there 2 nights in 1 room with 15 people left went my in laws in baton rouge and two days later hitched hike a ride to Beaumont with my family and then ran from Rita to Houston its so hard and I'm trying to cope with the change i have three sisters a mom step dad and brother in law that's going through the same thing.

Seal Family of 5
ID # 561
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 30
Children - 2 boys - 10 & 6; 1 girl - 7

Originally from Greensburg, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in Katy, Texas
12/15/05

Comments: We had been getting things ready to move into this house when the storm came.  We left some stuff in storage and moved even though we had not planned to move until Sept.  All the stuff we had in storage was flooded. But, we have life and that is a gift.  We could really use some home school supplies. My husband has just gotten back to work.  I have just started to home school and i don't have much.

Ulrich Family of 2
ID # 562
Mother - Age 74
Father - Age 65

Originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Mobile, Alabama  12/12/05

Comments: My wife and I evacuated to our daughters home which is some distance from the Ocean. I lived 8 blocks from the Pass Christian Beach and Harbor where I docked my Shrimp Boat. My wife and I decided to flea our home after prior to experiencing Hurricane Camille in 1969 which devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At the time Camille came through we had 5 small children at home and lost mostly everything however; I was younger then and able to work and recover from the tenacity of such a Storm. I am now in my mid 70's and my wife in her mid 60's who suffers from a Heart condition and Hypertension. The horrific events that led up to the total loss of all our Worldly possessions and the catastrophic damage our home and community suffered were so overwhelming for my wife that I had to Hospitalize her and incur a very large Hospital bill that we will never be able to pay in our life time. My wife and I are on Maintenance Medications that require a large bulk of my retirement pay and I am too old to get a traditional loan. The FEMA trailer that has been provided for my wife and I is now our new home which we are grateful for. At least we have a roof over our heads. I have never had to do anything like this Angel Tree request and it is a very humbling experience. Any help provided would be greatly appreciated. Thank You for any consideration and God Bless!

Walker Family of 7
ID # 563
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 23
Children - 3 boys - 16, 14 & 6; 2 girls 8 & 4

Originally from Gulf Port, Mississippi

Comments: WE WENT TO ATLANTA TO STAY WITH FAMILY. WE WERE THERE 10 DAYS.  NOT KNOWING WHAT WE WERE COMING HOME TO. OUR HOME ONLY HAD MINOR DAMAGE WE ARE SO LUCKY. MY HUSBAND LOST HIS JOB SO ANY HELP WE WOULD BE SO THANKFUL.

Ploesser Family of 4
ID # 564
Mother - Age 33
Father - Age 34
Children - 2 boys 2 (twins)

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by Japanese Automotive Specialist in Thornton, Colorado  12/10/05

Comments: We have twin toddlers (boys 2 years old). My husband has not been able to return to work because of the hurricane. He normally earns $500 per week. We did receive the initial $2000 payment from FEMA, but that has run out as we've had to start from scratch. We were only able to grab what we could fit in the car for the kids. We have been surviving from the assistance of friends and relatives. We are still waiting to receive funds from our insurance company to begin the rebuilding process. We can't return now as its pretty bad--definitely not a place to bring babies any time soon. We have mold everywhere in addition to the flood and roof damages. We were able to find a temporary place to live in Port Allen. We are very grateful to family and friends that have come to our aid in our hour of need. Please consider our application as we are only concerned about our babies. We have exhausted the little money we had in our savings account and are in desperate need right now. Its very frustrating because the insurance company hasn't been very cooperative and the very little we've received from unemployment isn't covering the bills. We have received threats of foreclosure on our house and repossession of our vehicles as we are behind on the payments due to Katrina. My husband and I would really appreciate if you could consider helping our babies. They are starting to adjust to the situation, but it has been very hard on them. They lost a lot of weight and were crying all the time and wanting to go home. We are trying to make things as calm and normal as possible for them, but its been very hard. Please keep us in your prayers and consider helping us if possible.  We are in need of much of the basics for starting over and could really use some help. In addition, we could use assistance with keeping our house and vehicle and can provide the creditor's names, addresses, etc if you are able to help with that. We are grateful for whatever assistance you can provide.

Miner Family of 7
ID # 565
Mother - Age 34
Father - Age 37
Children - 4 boys 17, 15, 10, 5; 1 Girl 1

Originally from Ocean Springs, MS

 

Comments: Our home was flooded with 4ft of water and we lost our roof, all contents were destroyed. We have gutted our home and are currently living in a 20 foot travel trailer in our front yard. After the storm my children were relocated to 3 different states until our current living arrangements were made. My children are in need of any clothes, toys
Oddlokken Family of 5
ID # 566
Mother - Age 41
Father - Age 35
Children - 1 boy 4; 1 Girl 14
Grandmother - Age 79

Originally from Jefferson, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Brooklyn, New York  12/17/05

 

Comments: We drove out of town, picked up my mother who lived a senior home in St Bernard. We spent a month in hotels and in shelters, then a wonderful couple lent us their house in Texas. We came home early because my husband was told that he was needed back at his job -graphic artist. We lost a car in the hurricane. When we returned my husband was laid off of work 2 weeks later. The boss sold the company and fired everyone who worked there. He worked for the company for almost 7 years prior. Then, we found out that the house that we rent and had just moved into 6 weeks before Kat. is going to be sold. The house had roof damage, but not enough for FEMA to help us. The owner knows that she can get a lot of money. She doesn't care that we have no where to go. I am a wedding photographer and most of my brides have canceled their weddings. Now we have no jobs and might have to move any day. We are worried sick because there are no places to rent and when one does come up they are price gauging. A 3 bedroom which was once $800 is now $1700 - 2000. We are also concerned because who will rent to the unemployed? We are trying to stay strong and put up a strong front because my daughter has a stress condition, where she worries already. But when the kids are asleep and the house is quiet, the nights are long and scary. We are also trying to get my mom - who sharing the bedroom with my son into a senior housing. That looks like it is going to be a huge problem too. Just knowing that we can get through Christmas without my daughter realizing there are huge problems would be a blessing and give both my husband and I some peace. Thanks for anything that you can do for us. We have never been on the receiving side of problem. We are the ones usually giving. It is a humbling experience, but through this whole ordeal we just never realized how wonderful people can be. We think we will be here. If the house gets sold, I am not sure where we will be. Thank you for any help that you can spare.
 

Tregre Family of 3
ID # 567
Mother - Age 55
Children - 1 Girl - 25
Grandmother - Age 77

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  12/12/05

 

Comments: My mother and I evacuated that Sunday morning to Montgomery, Ala. We were unable to find a hotel so my mother and I and her 8lb poodle mix slept in the car. The next day we were able to get room at a Motel 6. It was a dump, but it was better than the car. A few days later, we drove to Atlanta to a hotel. It was 65.00 a day for ten days then Red Cross Took over so we stayed for free. The first thing I did was to get my mother to an Oncologist. After several calls, I was able to contact someone and they began treating her. My daughter had come to N.O. about a week before and left for Chicago, to look for work. She had gotten her masters in forensic psychology and had come home but was unable to find work. We were finally joined about a month later in Atlanta. All that we owned was destroyed. We had 15 feet of water in our house and My business was destroyed leaving me without an income. I do not want anything for myself, just please make my mother happy for the holidays by spending time with a family like setting so she can forget about Katrina
Lord Family of 5
ID # 568
Mother - Age 33
Father - Age 33
Children - 1 Boy - 16; 2 Girls - 14, 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
South Lyon, Michigan  12/11/05

 

Comments: WE EVACUATED TO MY BROTHERS HOUSE FOR A MONTH, OUR TOWN WAS CRAZY WITH NO FOOD AND NO ICE, GAS. IT STILL ISN'T THAT GREAT, MY MOBILE HOME WAS MOVED OVER ABOUT 6 INCHES, BUT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO STAY IN IT.
King Family of 3
ID # 569
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 33
Children - 1 Boy - 1; 1 Girl - 11
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in 
San Diego, California  12/12/05

Comments: MY EXPERIENCE WAS HORRIBLE BUT NOW WE ARE BLESSED. AFTER SEEING MYSELF HOMELESS, DIRTY NOT ABLE TO TAKE A BATH, KIDS IN THE SAME POSITION, NO FOOD TO EAT I HAVE COUNTED MY BLESSINGS
Lloyd Family of 5
ID # 570
Mother - Age 32
Children - 1 Boy - 14; 2 Girls - 7, 2 months
Originally from Avondale, Louisiana

Adopted by family in
Andover, New Jersey  12/12/05

Comments: We evacuated and stayed with twenty three people in one home.
Valeria Family of 3
ID # 571
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 Boy - 10; 1 Girl - 7
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by a family in
Abingdon, Maryland  12/11/05

Comments: When I left I left everything and I'm single trying to live
Sandoval Family of 4
ID # 572
Mother - Age 30
Children - 3 Boys - 14, 11, 9
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi

Adopted by a family in
Cedar Grove, New Jersey  12/16/05

Comments:  I was watching  TV in the weather channel and they were talking about a hurricane so I didn't know what was going to happen. My stepfather came from work really early and he said we was going to evacuate to Montgomery. We left the house and decided to come to Kentucky. They had work for my mom and stepfather and we have to give all the people what we have and we lost everything in that moment. I would like to have a computer dell a black one and have some computer games, have a play station 2 and some games there is a game that I love it's named Medal Of Honor European Assault, I would like to recuperate my stuffs that I lost like my CD player and some Latin music that I had.
Sanchez Family of 6
ID # 573
Mother - Age 44
Father - Age 29
Children - 1 Boy - 14; 1 Girl - 6
2 Females - 26, 23
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi
Comments:  My evacuation was very rapidly because my mom said that she no want to move. My sisters and me tell her that we have to move and she said no but later she said ok lets move because she listen in the news that the hurricane was coming exactly to Mississippi so we move to Alabama for two days an then we back to Mississippi and we see our house down that was very sad because we lost everything but the most important is that we still have a life. now we are in Kentucky I go to school and we are very good bye. 
Ibanez Family of 4
ID # 574
Mother - Age 44
Father - Age 45
Children - 2 Boys - 10 & 12
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky (Biloxi, Mississippi)  
Comments:  before the hurricane I evacuated to Jackson the capital of Mississippi we were there 3 days and then we went back to Biloxi and when we got there our house was without a roof so all the water came in and everything in there was wet my computer got broke my clothes was all on the floor my bicycles were broke we lost almost everything we were living in our house for 1 week and then my dad's manager came to our house to tell my dad that he was moving to Florida and he ask him if we wanted to go with him my dad said yes and we were supposed to days after he asked my dad but the next day my dad's manager came to my house and told him that he wasn't going to Florida he was coming to Kentucky because it was work here so 3 days after he told my dad that we came to Louisville Kentucky and we came to this way side Christian mission but i don't have my stuff i had in Biloxi like my pc my psp my tv my oc game my play station games my movies everything i missed a lot it changed my life completely.
C. Evans Family of 6
ID # 575
Mother - Age 28
Father - Age 27
Children - 2 boys - 6 & 9; 2 girls - 8 & 12
Originally from Violet, Louisiana 
Comments my family and i did not leave for the hurricane. the hurricane pass with us on the roof because the water came before the hurricane. we were stuck in the parish for the next 5 days.
L. Evans Family of 4
ID # 576
Mother - Age 53
Father - Age 37
Children - 1 boy - 17; 1 girl 10
Originally from Violet, Louisiana 
Comments:  It was another bad experience for me. I evacuated with my family to Mississippi to another family member's home. Unfortunately the storm hit there also, so we actually were still in danger. Falling trees and power lines were everywhere. The road to the house was blocked by a huge tree. So there was no way we could get out for a few days. We were without running water and power for weeks. We were getting water from a stream to bath with. We then processed to a shelter until were able to find a place to stay. My worst fear was not knowing if my children and grandchildren had made it out alive, but they all did. This is something I never wanna experience ever again.
Chittenden Family of 6
ID # 576A
Mother - Age 31 (has cancer)
Father - Age 28
Children - 2 boys - 6 & 10; 2 girls 12 & 8
Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana  
Comments:  MY HUSBAND AND 2 KIDS STAYED FOR THE STORM I DID NOT HERE FROM THEM FOR TOW WEEKS KNOW WE ARE BACK TOGETHER KNOW. MY DAUGHTER AMY FERNANDEZ IS STILL NOT WITH ME IF SOME ONE CAN HELP ME FIND HER PLEASE LET ME KNOW. HER DAD THAT SHE IS WITH IS WANTED BY THE LAW. WE STILL HAVE NO PLACE TO LIVE NO HELP WITH FEMA WE ARE IN A HOTEL AND DON'T KNOW WEAR WE ARE GOING TO LIVE. I JUST KNOW WHERE TO GO WHAT TO DO. THANKS THE CHITTENDEN FAMILY.  THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR HELPING US AND GOD BLESS YOU
Castle Family of 5
ID # 577
Mother - Age 56
Children - 4 boys - 16, 15, 13 & 12;
1 girl - 10
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana  
Comments:  EVACUATED RELATIVELY EARLY, BUT WE LOST EVERYTHING. THE BOYS ARE STILL TRING TO ADJUST TO THE LOSS OF THEIR POSSESSIONS AND PERSONAL SPACE. WE ARE NOW LIVING IN A SMALL 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT WITH ANOTHER FAMILY. HOWEVER, WE ARE STILL TRULY BLESSED, BECAUSE WE HAVE EACH OTHER.
Steele Family of 6
ID # 578
Mother - Age 31
Children - 4 boys - 8, 13 (twins), 17
Grandmother - 47
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana  
Comments:  I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCE ANYTHING LIKE THIS, WE LOST EVERYTHING. I CRIED FOR 2 MONTHS, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN TO MY SON WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR HOME, OR HIS SCHOOL AND HIS FRIENDS. WE ARE TAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME, EVERYONE AT WAYSIDE SHELTER IS VERY SWEET AND NICE, WE ARE VERY BLESSED. WE ARE HOME AWAY FROM HOME MY SON IS ATTENDING ST. LEONARD CATHOLIC SCHOOL, MRS. NINA OPERATOR IN CHARGE AT WAYSIDE HELP MY SON BRICE STEELE ENROLL AT ST. LEONARD SCHOOL. HE WAS ATTENDING ST. PETER CLAVER SCHOOL IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA HE HIS A 3RD GRADER HE MISSES HOME BUT I JUST KEEP TELLING HIM WE ARE HOME FOR NOW AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK. WE LOVE YOU ALL THANK YOU AND HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.  THE STEELE FAMILY.
Williams Family of 4
ID # 579
Mother - Age 44
Male Friend - Age 26
Children - 2 girls 9 & 14
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana  
Comments:  I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCE ANYTHING LIKE THIS, WE LOST EVERYTHING. I CRIED FOR 2 MONTHS, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN TO MY SON WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR HOME, OR HIS SCHOOL AND HIS FRIENDS. WE ARE TAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME, EVERYONE AT WAYSIDE SHELTER IS VERY SWEET AND NICE, WE ARE VERY BLESSED. WE ARE HOME AWAY FROM HOME MY SON IS ATTENDING ST. LEONARD CATHOLIC SCHOOL, MRS. NINA OPERATOR IN CHARGE AT WAYSIDE HELP MY SON BRICE STEELE ENROLL AT ST. LEONARD SCHOOL. HE WAS ATTENDING ST. PETER CLAVER SCHOOL IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA HE HIS A 3RD GRADER HE MISSES HOME BUT I JUST KEEP TELLING HIM WE ARE HOME FOR NOW AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK. WE LOVE YOU ALL THANK YOU AND HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.  THE Williams FAMILY.  (This is the story of the Steele Family & The Williams Family.  They were both sent in - but are actually 2 separate families)
Smith Family of 5
ID # 580
Mother - Age 40
Children - 2 boys 12 & 4; 1 girl 11
Originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi  

Adopted by a family in
Katy, Texas  12/15/05

Comments:  we left the night before katrina hit--HAD THE CLOTHES ON OUR BACKS-we lost 2 homes, clothing, pets, and my business---we are living together in a 30 Ft. fema trailer and are worried that the kids won't have a good Christmas. We returned 2 days after the storm and have been here ever since...please help...we did move from a tent to Fema Trailer a few weeks ago--we are all safe...
Martin Family of 3
ID # 581
Mother - Age 25
Father - 25
Children - 1 boy - 10 months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Houston, Texas  12/14/05

Comments:  When my immediate family heard about the hurricane we were able to evacuate before hand. We stayed at a friends house in Baton Rouge, LA for shelter, although it was 10 of us in a small 2 bedroom house. We had no money and hardly any clothes or baby supplies. It was only by the grace of God that we survived. We were also very uncomfortable because the electric went out and it was so hot. We had no clue where some of our family members were because the phone lines were dead or busy. Even now i have no clue where some of them are or even if their still alive.  We will be gracious for any assistance you can provide. Thanks for being so kind.
Martin Family of 3
ID # 581
Mother - Age 25
Father - 25
Children - 1 boy - 10 months; 1 girl 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Delgado Family of 4
ID # 582
Mother - Age 25
Father - 29
Children - 1 girl - 2 1/2
Grandmother - Age 55 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
San Mateo, California  12/16/05

Commentswell we left the hotel Monte Leone located in the French quarter 3 days after katrina left. we lived in n.o. all all our lives and never experienced so much trauma like that before. my mother is an amputee of the right leg who worked so hard and so fast to be taken all away. my daughter know what is going on and she wants to go home . all we worked for is all completely destroyed, we have nothing. And now i find out that i am pregnant. it was like a movie. you never want to experienced what we went through at the hotel for three days no electricity, no water, no food, only emergency lights on. so hot and humid. it was horrible. i am still sad about the whole situation. my baby lost everything,  Any help is appreciated. And now 8 weeks pregnant
Brock Family of 3
ID # 583
Mother - Age 24
Father - 27
Children - 1 boy - 2
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Martin Family of 4
ID # 584
Mother - Age 29
Father - 35
Children - 2 boys - 11, 4
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Smith Family of 3
ID # 585
Mother - Age 25
Children - 1 boy - 1; 1 girl - 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Frankfort, Illinois  12/16/05

Comments:  I LIVED WITH MY MOTHER AND HER HOUSE WAS UNDER WATER WE LOSS EVERYTHING, WE WAS MOVED FROM SHELTER TO SHELTER UNTIL WE FOUND AN APARTMENT
Causey Family of 3
ID # 586
Mother - Age 26
Father - 28
Children - 1 girl - 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
San Mateo, California  12/16/05

Comments:  MY FAMILY AND I EVACUATED BEFORE THE STORM BUT IT WAS STILL A HORRIFYING EXPERIENCE SIMPLY BECAUSE I WASN'T WITH MY FAMILY AND DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THEY WERE. IN THE PROCESS I LOST EVERYTHING I HAD .
Baker Family of 4
ID # 587
Mother - Age 28
Children - 2 girls - 10, 1
Grandmother - Age 48
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Joseph Family of 4
ID # 588
Mother - Age 25
Father - 24
Children - 2 boys - 5, 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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ID # 589 Duplicate
Jenkins Family of 4
ID # 590
Mother - Age 37
Children - 1 boy - 19; 2 girls - 17, 14
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Allen Family of 4
ID # 591
Mother - Age 26
Children - 2 boys - 3, 3; 1 girl - 5
Grandmother - Age 55 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Weisdorffer Family of 4
ID # 592
Mother - Age 29
Children - 1 boy - 11; 
Grandmother - Age 55 
Grandfather - Age 61
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana 
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Mosely Family of 8
ID # 593
Mother - Age 27
Children - 4 boys - 8, 6, 7, 7;
3 girls - 9, 5, 2
Originally from Algiers, Louisiana 
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Smith Family of 3
ID # 594
Mother - Age 21
Father - 26
Children - 1 boy - 1
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Thomas Family of 5
ID # 595
Mother - Age 32
Children - 1 boy - 12; girl - 3
Grandmother - Age 63
Grandfather - Age 63
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 
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T. Nichols Family of 4
ID # 596
Mother - Age 25
Children - 1 girl - 9
Grandmother - Age 45
Brother - Age 22 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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S. Nichols Family of 6
ID # 597
Mother - Age 27
Father - Age 27
Children - 3 boys - 6, 4, 2; 1 girl - 12
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Barrow Family of 2
ID # 598
Mother - Age 27
Children - 1 girl - 7
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Long Beach, Mississippi

Comments:  we were with my cousin at the time the hurricane can then we was put out of the city we had to sleep in the car for two days with no feed then we found a friend in baton rouge we stay there for three days because i guess we wear out our welcome. so we came out here to Georgia by my cousin but i am the only one down here my family is every were so i want so them for the holiday it hurt really bad not to see your love ones . we had the worst treatment they had hotels open but they would not let us in because it was for the police to stay in. so me and my daughter had to sleep in the car out side for two days with no food because i had left my purse by my cousin and the police would not let me return to get it.
Toya Family of 9
ID # 599
Mother - Age 40
Children - 3 boys - 11 months, 2, 13;
4 girls - 1, 9, 22, 23
Grandmother - Age 60 
Originally from Kenner, Louisiana 
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Bender Family of 6
ID # 600
Mother - Age 38
Father - 42
Children - 3 girls - 9, 14, 20
Grandmother - Age 64
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
story coming
Conaway Family of 6
ID # 601
Mother - Age 31
Children - 2 boys 8, 8; 2 girls - 13, 7
Boyfriend - Age 28 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Lindsey Family of 2
ID # 602
Mother - Age 23
Children - 1 girl - 4
Originally from Violet, Louisiana 

Adopted by Friends and family in
Little Rock, Arkansas & Canada  12/15/05

Comments:  My father, my aunt, and my daughter traveled eight to ten hours to Baton Rouge, La with little food and water. We made it fine to my cousins house but couldn't stay long because they had very little room. My dad's job called for him to go back to work in Alabama where he had no room for my daughter and I to reside. So I had to travel to Houston, TX. to find family who were in the Astrodome. Now I'm in Bedford, TX. and once again working trying to start over comfortably.  My one wish is to have a very happy Merry Christmas for my daughter. She is separated from her father for the first time for this holiday.
West Family of 4
ID # 603
Wife - Age 43
Husband - Age 45
Mother - Age 65
Mother-in-law - Age 71 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Penton Family of 5
ID # 604
Mother - Age 21
Father - Age 33
Children - 2 boys - 3, 1; 1 girl - 5 
Originally from Pearl River, Louisiana 
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Keeler Family of 3
ID # 605
Mother - Age 30
Children - 1 boy 10; 1 girl - 8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Hall Family of 3
ID # 606
Mother - Age 40
Children - 2 boys - 15, 7
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Williams Family of 4
ID # 607
Mother - Age 37
Children - 2 girls - 5, 19
Grandmother - Age 61
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Martin Family of 4
ID # 608
Mother - Age 29
Father - 35
Children - 2 boys - 11, 4
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Graham Family of 4
ID # 609
Mother - Age 32
Father - Age 36
Children - 1 boy - 11; 1 girl - 14
Originally from Bayoulabtre, Alabama 
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Sullivan Family of 6
ID # 610
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 39
Children - 2 boys - 11, 2
Grandmother - Age 66
Sister to Dad - Age 41
Originally from Picayune, Mississippi 
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Toussaint Family of 6
ID # 611
Mother - Age 31
Children - 1 boy- 11; 3 girls - 10, 8, 7
Niece - 1
Originally from Marrero, Louisiana 
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Hardy Family of 2
ID # 612
Female - Age 28
Sister - Age 27
Originally from Metaire, Louisiana 
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Singleton Family of 5
ID # 613
Mother - Age 47
Father - Age 51
Children - 1 boy - 9: Nephew - 4
Grandmother - Age 80 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Compton Family of 4
ID # 614
Mother - Age 26
Father - Age 33
Children - 1 boy - 5; 1 girl - 18 Months
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Sandhill, Mississippi 12/17/05

 

Comments:  well, we decided to stay here for the storm because we couldn't get my silly grandparents to leave & go to Virginia with my husband's family. this is because they said that hurricane Camille was bad & they survived it, well don't ask them now what they think of that hurricane because they have completely changed the story since the devastation brought by hurricane Katrina. then during the storm the house started shaking almost off the blocks, & the windows were moving & the roof came off, but by the grace of GOD we survived the storm. it was the most horrifying thing we have ever experienced. our little mobile home got it pretty badly. it is right in the back of my grandparents house, so of course we watched things flying all over the place through the window. and we watched the trailer getting hit with everything imaginable. we also had to pray for the poor 6 little chickens that got squashed together in their pin, but fortunately survived. as soon as the storm was over we took what gas we had in the car & headed to Virginia to get out of the massive mess. on the way there we saw people lined up on the interstate without gas & had been there for a while & were completely exhausted. it took so much longer to get there than usual, but no complaints. we lost alot of stuff in that storm but we are glad that we still have our family. God bless whoever adopts this family. & thank you so much.....
Ponthier Family of 3
ID # 615
Mother - Age 21
Father - Age 25
Children - 1 girl - 4 
Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana 
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Thomas Family of 4
ID # 616
Mother - Age 33
Children - 1 girl - 13; 2 boys - 12, 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Russ Family of 3
ID # 617
Mother - Age 51
Father - Age 52
Children - 1 grandson - 9
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Griffin Family of 5
ID # 618
Mother - Age 34
Children - 2 girls - 16, 15
Grandmother - Age 55
Brother - Age 21 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Verseckes Family of 2
ID # 619
Mother - Age 74
Children - 1 daughter - 48
Originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi 
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Felo Family of 5
ID # 620
Mother - Age 35
Father - Age 39
Children - 1 boy - 17: 2 girls - 12, 11
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana
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Davillier Family of 7
ID # 621
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 35
Children - 3 boys - 14, 11, 1; 2 girls - 9, 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Walburn Family of 3
ID # 622
Mother - Age 21
Children - 2 boys - 4, 1
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Austin, Texas  12/18/05

Comments:  went to shelter for hurricane. we where so scared never been threw anything like that. came home to find our home had been broke in and they stole all our food. we also had damage to our home.. thank you for helping us.. my children are the most important. once again thank you..  Any help at all for my children will be gratefully appreciated. thank you very much..
Fradella Family of 4
ID # 623
Mother - Age 48
Father - Age 38
Children - 2 girls - 7, 17
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Slater Family of 3
ID # 624
Mother - Age 85
Children - 2 daughters 63, 52
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Coffee Family of 6
ID # 625
Mother - Age 49
Children - 2 girls - 21, 13; 1 boy - 12 
21 year old's boyfriend - Age 39
New baby - female 12 days old 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana
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Slater Family of 4
ID # 626
Mother - Age 40
Father - Age 41
Children - 1 girl - 11; 1 boy - 8
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Griffin Family of 1
ID # 627
Female - Age 18
Originally from Belle Chasse, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Fairfax, Virginia  12/19/05

Comments:  On Sunday, August 29, 2005; me, my little brother, and my mother drove 20 hours to get to Houston, Texas. We departed from New Orleans at 3:00 in the morning, and we did not get out until 8:00 that day. We were supposed to be meeting with my father in Layfette, but he had car trouble and was not able to meet us. On the way to Houston, we were forced to take a different route, and got lost in the shuffle. Through the heavy traffic, confusing directions, and humid weather, we finally arrived in Houston at 12:45 that next morning, and my father had made it there before us. As a senior in high school, I have learned from my hurricane Katrina experience that I should not take anything for granted; I should spend everyday like it is my last.  I truly appreciate all of everyone's help and support for the Hurricane Katrina evacuees! Thank you & God Bless
Oden Family of 6
ID # 628
Mother - Age 34
Children - 4 girls - 10, 7, 5, 2
Grandmother - Age 71 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Dawkins Family of 4
ID # 629
Mother - Age 22
Father - Age 23
Children - 1 girl - 3
Sister - Age 18
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Grant Family of 4
ID # 630
Mother - Age 23
Children - 2 boys - 4, 1; 1 girl - 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Harrison Family of 8
ID # 631
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 30
Children - 3 girls - 12, 10, 9; 2 boys - 4, 3
Grandmother - Age 54 
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 
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Smith Family of 4
ID # 632
Mother - Age 23
Father - Age 40
Children - 1 girl - 4
Grandmother - Age 46 
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 
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Lee Family of 2
ID # 633
Mother - Age 48
Children - 1 daughter - 19
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Harrison Family of 4
ID # 634
Mother - Age 26
Children - 2 boys - 13, 10; 1 girl - 7
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 
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Shelby Family of 5
ID # 635
Father - Age 26
Children - 1 boy - 5; 1 girl - 6
Grandmother - Age 56
Brother - Age 26 
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 
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Nelson Family of 4
ID # 636
Mother - Age 41
Father - Age 36
Children - 2 girls - 13, 3
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Mason Family of 4
ID # 637
Mother - Age 53
Father - Age 56
Children - 1 boy - 17
Grandmother - Age 78 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Pugh Family of 4
ID # 638
Mother 
Children - 3 girls - 10, 7, 6
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
 
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Wallace Family of 6
ID # 639
Mother - Age 48
Father - Age 50
Children - 2 daughters -22, 23
2 Granddaughters - 5, 2
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Reed Family of 7
ID # 640
Mother - Age 39
Children - 4 boys - 17, 17, 16, 12; 2 girls - 15, 15
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Tregre Family of 3
ID # 641
Mother - Age 55
Children - 1 girl - 25
Grandmother - Age 77 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Wallace Family of 1
ID # 642
Female - Age 19
story coming
Hughes Family of 5
ID # 643
Mother - Age 41
Father - Age 35
Children - 1 boy - 6; 1 girl - 17;
Granddaughter 24 months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Patrick Family of 6
ID # 644
Mother - Age 22
Father - Age 24
Children - 3 boys - 6, 3, 12 weeks
Grandmother - Age 44
Originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi 
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Christoff Family of 3
ID # 645
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 42
Children - 1 boy - 2 
Originally from Marrero, Louisiana 
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Bell Family of 4
ID # 646
Mother - Age 27
Children - 2 boys - 8, 6 months; 1 girl - 5 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
story coming
ID # 647 
Bass Family of 3
ID # 648
Mother - Age 47
Father - Age 52
Children - 1 girl - 2
Originally from D'Iberville, Mississippi 

Adopted by a family in
Alabaster, Alabama  12/18/05

CommentsWe were in the home. Water rose 4' in our home. We had to evacuate to the cemetery that is a block from our home. We spent the next several hours in our vehicles while the storm was still raging strong. We stayed there until relief workers were able to cut a path through several trees that laid across the street preventing us from returning home once the flood water receded. Once home, we pulled out all of our belongings that were destroyed by the flood water (which was everything we owned). While pulling out the carpet, we came across three highly poisonous snakes under the carpet making it unlivable even though the house structure still stood. I later stayed at my daughter's house where there was no power for about 3weeks. I had to revert back to the 1800's way of living. I took ice cold baths, washed clothes by hand in a bucket, and cooked food over a camp fire (which the fire was forbidden, do to a fire ban that was placed). Amidst all this, I had to return to work because I work for the city.  I can really use all the help that I can get.
Goff Family of 3
ID # 649
Female - Age 20
Finance - Age 21
Children - brother - 12
Originally from Pass Christian, Louisiana 
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Jones Family of 6
ID # 650
Mother - Age 28
Children - 2 boys - 8, 2; 2 girls - 10, 5
Grandmother - Age 55
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
story coming
Carter Family of 3
ID # 651
Mother - Age 23
Children - 2 boys - 2, 11 months
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 

Adopted by April & Mae, Inc. in
Newport Beach, California  12/15/05

Comments:  none given.
Davis Family of 5
ID # 652
Mother - Age 24
Father - Age 24
Children - 1 boy - 5; 1 girl - 23 months
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Sutton Family of 3
ID # 653
Mother - Age 28
Children - 1 boy - 6; 1 girl - 11
Originally from Mobile, Alabama 
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Peters Family of 4
ID # 654
Mother - Age 29
Father - Age 22
Children - 2 boys - 10, 6
Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi 
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Bourgeois Family of 3 (almost)
ID # 655
Mother - Age 19
Children - 1 girl 1; baby boy due 3/06
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
Westport, Connecticut  12/17/05

Comments:  I stayed in New Orleans when the hurricane sideswiped my city. My mom threaten me to go by her in a hotel. I lived uptown, in a two-story apartment building. I felt confident that damaged would not get so high. I received a couple of phone calls from some my OLDER family members stating that it would be wise of me to seek shelter @ a high rise hotel with my mom. I RELENTED and went. I packed a diaper bag and suitcase filled with important papers, clothes, and diapers. We left and the city looked like a ghost town, except the lines at the gas stations.

NIGHT BEFORE STORM CAME:  I was glued to the television, watching the 24-hr broadcast of hurricane coverage. The atmosphere was of,' I wonder if it is like Betsy?" A sense of waiting, and anxiety of what to expect. That night no one went to sleep. The wind started to pick up. The weather anchors stated people were fools for staying, and to have an axe with you, because you will need it to tear your roof apart. From midnight until daybreak, the wind had its own roar, like trains colliding. Sheets of rains tearing roofs away, glass shattering from later finding out it was our hotel.) The rooms/floors on the front side entrance) of the hotel really was punished. The wind knocked the hotels generator out, the elevators became inactive (My mom, daughter, and self were placed on 7th floor, walls in the hallway started to peel off and flapped. It was a horrible experience.

Cohn Family of 5
ID # 656
Mother - Age 25
Father - Age 30
Children - 1 boy - 5; 1 girl - 3
Grandmother - Age 58
Originally from Kentwood, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
San Mateo, California  12/16/05

Comments:  My family and I left for Texas 2 days before the Hurricane hit, only to return to a destroy home which had collapse from 3 up root trees falling on it and the high winds and no jobs because both my husband and mine jobs where destroyed by the hurricane. We are now stay in a camper in front of our home provide by FEMA, until we hear from them for help to rebuild.  Please help us provide Christmas for Our little ones.
Price Family of 7
ID # 657
Mother - Age 30
Father - Age 31
Children - 1 girl - 13; 3 boys - 12, 11, 6
Grandmother - Age 72 
Originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi 
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Granger-Rome Family of 6
ID # 658
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 55
Children - 3 girls - 19, 14. 11; 1 boy - 10
Originally from Metairie, Louisiana 
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Free Family of 3
ID # 659
Mother - Age 29
Children - 2 boys - 6, 2
Originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi 
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Johnson Family of 1
ID # 660
Female - Age 48
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana 
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Pritchett Family of 7
ID # 661
Mother - Age 41
Father - Age 40
Children - 2 girls - 18, 1; 2 boys - 14, 10
Sister-in-law - Age 22 
Originally from D'ibervile, Mississippi 
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Ladnier Family of 4
ID # 662
Mother - Age 37
Father - Age 38
Children - 1 boy - 7; 1 girl - 17 months
Originally from Vancleave, Mississippi 
story coming
Van Hook Family of 5
ID # 663
Mother - Age 51
Children - 2 boys - 10, 10; 1 girl - 7
Grandmother - Age 80
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi 
story coming
White Family of 5
ID # 664
Mother - Age 31
Father - Age 32
Children - 2 boys - 11, 15
Brother - Age - 37 
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana

Adopted by A Song For All Occasion in
San Jose, California  12/16/05 

Comments:  THE TRAFFIC WAS THE WORSE, WE WAITING TO LEAVE LATE, IT TOOK AT LEASE 3 TO 4 HOURS TO GET TO MY BROTHER HOME IN ALABAMA, IT USUALLY TAKE ABOUT 2 HOURS. WHEN WE ARRIVE UN-ANNOUNCE HE TOOK US END AND SAID THERE MIGHT BE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS TO COME ALSO. HE SMILE AND SAID ALL I GOT IS YA'LL LET MAKE THE BEST OF THIS.
Francois Family of 1
ID # 665
Female - Age 20 
Originally from Gretna, Louisiana 

Adopted by a family in
West Monroe, Louisiana  12/18/05

Comments:  I WAS AT HOME UNTIL 2 DAYS AFTER THE STORM I DID NOT HAVE A WAY OUT UNTIL MY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS LEFT WE WENT TO A SHELTER IN BATON ROUGE LA. THEN WE WENT TO HOUSTON TEXAS