Katrina Angel Tree Victims Needing Help ... 2006

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Weisdorffer Family of 2
ID # 2006-101

date posted August 29, 2006

Mother - age 30
Son - age 12

Originally from Metairie, LA
Presently living in FEMA trailer Metarie, LA

Adopted August 30, 2006
by a family in Huntington Station, NY
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

I am a single mother raising my 12 year old boy. Two weeks before Katrina hit, my son and I put our entire home's contents in storage because we were looking for a new place to rent. We did not get renter's insurance because it was just going to be for about a month. While looking for a place, we were staying at my mother's house. Katrina hit! My storage was wiped out and my mother's house was destroyed. We live in Metairie, LA, just outside of New Orleans. I had my son when I was 18 and it took me that long to get the stuff I did have and now it's gone. I put myself through college while raising my son and became a teacher. After the storm, not enough children came back and I lost my job. I am now living in a FEMA trailer with my son. I got a job working in the local mall but am not making nearly what I need to survive. Our lives are starting over. I feel 18 again with no means to give my son what he needs. God bless.

Yates Family of 6
ID # 2006-102

date posted August 29, 2006

Mother - age 42
Father - age 45
3 girls - ages 9, 7, 26
1 boy - age 5

Originally from Gulfport, MS
Staying with family member in Apache Junction, AZ

Adopted December 19, 2006
by Lincoln Jr. High School in
Chicago, IL
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

I LIVED 1 MILE FROM THE BEACH OF GULFPORT MS, LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED, OUR FURNITURE, TOYS, CLOTHING, SECURITY, PEACE OF MIND, WAS RELOCATED TO AZ,  NO HELP HERE FROM ANY ORGAN. WE NEED HELP BADLY. SEEN DEATH UP CLOSE, NIGHTMARES CONTINUE. DEPRESSION HAS SET IN-BEFORE THE STORM THE KIDS LOST THEIR DADDY TO SUICIDE, THEN KATRINA CAME, THEY HAVE BEEN THRU SO MUCH, BREAKS MY HEART! WHEN WILL ALL THE PAIN EASE? NEVER?

What we are in need of ...

hope and pray that our family will be adopted for thanksgiving and christmas,  these kids need to smile a little. they have lost so much. thank you.

 

Bright Family of 4
ID # 2006-103

date posted August 29, 2006

Mother - age 55
3 girls - 17, twins -11

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in FEMA trailer in yard

Adopted by Lowe's Home Improvement Store #2470 in
New Orleans, LA
YEAH! - Thank you! ... HOW SPECIAL - neighbors helping neighbors!!!

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

I left my home and went to Metairie by a friend with my daughter and my grandchildren and my husband stayed behind to watch the house, he was trapped on the roof for four days and I did not want to leave Louisiana without him but I had no other choice but to leave for the safety of my grandchildren, I rode in a SUV with 16 people and a large dog all the way to Illinois.

Prieto Family of 4
ID # 2006-104

date posted August 30, 2006

Mother - age 27
3 boys - 10, 7, 5

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in apartment in Baton Rouge

Adopted August 31, 2006
by a family in Harrisburg, PA
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

My kids and I evacuated the day before the storm only to be put in a church to stay for three weeks and from there moved to a hotel from red cross for two weeks and from there we moved from several friends houses until i was finally able to get a small two bedroom apartment for my kids and I.  I am struggling to keep my apartment and in need of a bigger house also transportation to and from work all I need is some help to get on my feet.

Templeton-Smith Family of 3
ID # 2006-105

date posted August 30, 2006

Husband - 37
Wife - 27
Mother - 47

Originally from New Orleans, LA
After waiting for 1 year - we are finally in a FEMA trailer in Baton Rouge

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

We decided to leave Sunday Evening to head for my aunts house in Alabama with only 60.00 4 adults and 4 dogs in a 1986 eagle station wagon (not knowing that the axles were cracked) and car over heating and cutting off the whole way there it took us 13 hours to reach my aunts house where we stayed for 2 1/2 weeks worrying about my husbands grandfather who decided to stay and wouldn't leave not knowing his where abouts . we finally headed north to Indiana where my husbands family was because we couldn't get any help from anyone to get housing or other needs. We arrived in Indiana only to be directed to a hotel for 3 weeks and was told we had to move. We had to use monies given to us from red cross and catholic charities because the landlord wouldn't waive the deposit or help us. From there we were given assistance from the state with housing telling us we would be there for 18 months only to find out only for 6 months well from there we struggled to get help and to top it off we got a call the day before thanksgiving from the coroners office to find out that my husbands grandfathers body was found in someone's yard so dealing with that and coping with looking for work we have been struggling. we were given a section 8 in Hammond Indiana only to be limited to 2 counties and we had to find a house that was only 618 a month and WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO PAY OVER THAT AMOUNT the houses there start at around 750.00 or higher due to tax rises so no luck with that we got the voucher extended and still couldn't find a house only to have the voucher expired. we ended up loosing our house due to not being able to pay our rent and not being able to get assistance from fema yet so we moved back to new Orleans with whatever we could fit in our car only to come here to no home we went to my husbands family's house and was only able to stay there for 1 1/2 week and the lord came through with a fema trailer (fema made us get rid of our dogs that we have been struggling to keep since the hurricane due to the breed). We have a car but no phone yet.

Hall Family of 9
ID # 2006-106

date posted August 30, 2006

Mother - age 56
4 girls - ages 13, 6, 2 & 6 months
2 boys - 18, 15
1 girl - age 24
Son-in-law - age 28

Originally from Diberville, MS
Staying with Family Member in Oceansprings

This family has been unadopted.  They didn't want gifts or a care package - only money.  This Angel Tree is to help those in need and appreciate anything they receive.  Not to pursuade the adopter to send money only.  I am sorry it has to be this way.  I hope each one understands the importance of honesty and gratitude.  

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

I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AT THE TIME THANK GOD BUT MY DAUGHTER AND GRANDCHILDREN DECIDED TO STAY WHEN THE WATERS WASHED AWAY THE HOUSE THEY WADED IN THE WATER DURING THE HURRICANE FOR SIX HOURS TRYING TO GET TO A FRIENDS HOUSE ONLY ABOUT`20 MINUTES AWAY BUT EVERY TIME THEY TRIED TO GO UP LEMOYNE BLVD IN DIBERVILLE THE WIND AND WATER WOULD THROW THEM BACK SO THEY WOULD JUMP INTO BUILDINGS AND AND EIGHTEEN WHEELERS ANYTHING THAT WAS OPEN FOR SHELTER. THEY SAW DEAD BODIES FLOATING DEAD ANIMALS ALLIGATORS MY DAUGHTER GOT HIT WITH A BILLBOARD SIGN MY DAUGHTER SAYS SHE WILL NEVER FORGET SEEING THIS MAN WHOSE HOUSE WAS RIPPED INTO AND HE WAS JUST SITTING THERE CRYING NOT TRYING TO GET OUT AND THEY TRIED TO GET HIM TO COME WITH THEM BUT HE WOULDN'T. IT WAS HORRIBLE THE STORIES SHE CAN TELL NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO SEE OR GO THROUGH WHAT THEY DID THAT AWFUL DAY.

Thompson Family of 6
ID # 2006-107

date posted August 30, 2006

Mother - age 22
Father - age 29
3 boys - ages 4, 3 & 9 months
1 girl - age 23 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with Family Member in San Diego, CA

Adopted September 2, 2006
by a family in Ashflat, Arizona
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

My family and I were in the Louisiana Superdome for 5 days with no food no water no were to use the restroom no were to walk or sleep comfortably. We Witnessed people passing out of exhaustion drug dealers selling drugs users using drugs people having sex in the hallways. There were nothing no one could do to help each other. There were babies going without formula and diapers. My kids used the restroom in water bottles and boxes to relieve them. I just had to hold it. It was miserable. After 5 days of hell we were transported to the Houston Astrodome by bus where we then was picked up by family and drove to San Diego where we now reside.

DeHarde Family of 3
ID # 2006-108

date posted August 30, 2006

Mother - age 31
Father - age 31
1 girl - age 3

Originally from Chalmette, LA
Staying in apartment in Southhaven, MS

Adopted August 31, 2006
by a family in Spanaway, Washington
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

We left that Friday before the storm to go on a camping trip with friends after watching the weather channel that told us we were in the clear of the hurricane. So we packed enough clothing for a weekend camping trip at a cabin. We found out that sat. that the hurricane turned right to us. It was already too late to go home to get anything. So we fled to Southaven ms with a friend that was camping with us. It took us hours and hours and hours to get to Southaven ms it should have only taking us 4 and a half hours. then it was a wait and see thing. there was 16 of us in a small two bedroom apartment. it took weeks before we were able to go see our home and there was nothing there that could be saved. Rita hit us also so we got hit double.  we were very lucky to have made it out before the storm hit. Things have been very hard since then. we lost one car in the hurricane and the other car broke down on us we spent all the money we had to get it fixed and it broke down again on us we had no choice but to get another car. so we are strapped again with a new bill we could not afford but had no other choice. I wished we would not have to ask for help again this year for Christmas but we just cant get on our feet all the way without getting hit by another blow. If it had not been for the people on this site we would be doing so much worse! Thank you! each and everyone of you have given us hope love support and most of all a light at the end of a dark long tunnel.

Fradella Family of 4
ID # 2006-109

date posted August 30, 2006

Mother - age 26
Father - age 26
2 boys - age 7, 9 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in private home - New Orleans, LA

Adopted by a family in
Martinsburg, WV
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

My husband and I are from the Lakeview area of New Orleans. We have a 7 year old son and I was 8 months pregnant when we evacuated. We left the Saturday before the storm with a few days worth of clothing and went to Arkansas. We lost our home and belongings as our neighborhood had about 12 feet of water.

We stayed in a hotel for a few days and we were quickly running out of money. We decided to meet up with some friends who had evacuated to Alabama and we all shared a hotel room. Eventually, we moved into a hotel in a state park that FEMA was running and then a log cabin. eventually, a lady in the town let us move into a house that she owned and we stayed there until January. My husband found us an apartment in Metairie, la. and we lived through a 6 month lease and are now finally back in Lakeview as of last month.

Crump Family of 4
ID # 2006-110

date posted August 30, 2006

Husband - age 30
Wife - age 21

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in family member - Lafayette, LA

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

story coming ...

Shepherd Family of 10
ID # 2006-111

date posted August 31, 2006

Mother - age 30
4 girls - ages 6, triplets - age 8
2 boys - twins age 13

1 brother - age 40
and his son  - age 9

1 brother - age 20 (mentally disabled)

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in family member - Greensboro, NC

Adopted November 7, 2006
by Southern Middle School in
Aberdeen, NC
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

Well it was terrible.  We went 4 days without food and water and then I found a boat so loaded my family into the boat and pushed the boat to the bridge and then we where evacuated from there 2 days later so it was a blessing to make it out from down and I thank god every day for letting us make it out.  Please help in any way possible. THANK YOU ALL VERY VERY VERY MUCH AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Richard Family of 1
ID # 2006-112

date posted August 31, 2006

1 male - age 25

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in New York, NY - renting a room

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

I stayed in the city for a week after the storm with basically no food or water until the military showed up. Then I was airlifted from the convention center to the airport. There I boarded a plane that was supposed to go to El Paso, Texas. Upon entering the air the flight crew informed us that we were Raleigh Durham, North Carolina.

We arrived there (we refugees to my best friend and I) and we transported to and office building where there was food, drinks and various other things but no SHOWERS! I stayed there until the red cross came and gave out a 350 dollar voucher after receiving that I booked a flight to New York. I always wanted to come here but I'm having a hard time and would love and appreciate any help I receive. Thank You Before Hand.

Dillon Family of 7
ID # 2006-113

date posted August 31, 2006

Mother - age 32
Father - age 25
2 girls - ages 16, 8
1 boy - age 6

Mother-in-law - age 48 (disabled)
cousin (had custody since 3 weeks old) - age 4

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in New York, NY - renting a room

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

We left 1 day before the storm, but really didn't have money to go that far. we lived in a old night club for about a month (24 of us, all family), after that we lived in a shelter in baton rouge, la. that was until hurricane Rita hit, we were told that we had to leave that same day. so we came here to Houston, TX., were last month our apartment was broken into and everything was stolen. so I guess, that I can say that we had a ruff evacuation experience. We lost everything twice in one year.  We need help of any kind.

Fairley Family of 2
ID # 2006-114

date posted August 31, 2006

Mother - age 50
1 girl - age 25

Originally from Biloxi, MS
Staying in FEMA trailer on my lot

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

Grant money is not coming in and insurance did not come close to finishing my house. I have spent all savings.. got some repairs on house .. need carpet and a kitchen.. any help will be appreciated.

McCray Family of 4
ID # 2006-115

date posted August 31, 2006

Mother - age 21
Father - age 26
2 boys - ages 2 & 2 months

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

Adopted by a family in Hudson, Ohio
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

My family and I were at the park plaza hotel on canal st. the hotel ran out of food on Wednesday after the storm. I told my husband to go to the Walgreen's down the street to get diapers and water for my baby who just turn one year the Friday before. when he returned hours later, management requested that everyone leave due to no water or food and the water rising. my mother was afraid so she did not come but we assured her that we would return for her. we walked through the filthy water to the interstate over Claiborne and Tulane. expecting officials to rescue us, we were most definitely disappointed because we slept on the interstate overnight. the next morning i could not allow myself to have my son sleep on concrete another night. so took the hike again through the filthy water back to the hotel and entered through the basement. we search for my mother for an hour and we found her she was very happy to see us. we stayed another night at the hotel and the next day coast guard came and took us to the corner of poydras and rampart and we had to walk to the superdome which was dreadful. we stayed the superdome for possibly 10 hours and my family and I were split up because everyone was in chaos. my mother and I were sent to Dallas and my husband and son were sent to Arkansas. we stayed at the shelter for 1 day. my brother who was currently in the navy had friends in Arlington, TX., who picked us up and gave us clothes, food, and a place to sleep. they also help us locate my husband and son and drove us to Arkansas to pick them up. from there we caught the greyhound to Atlanta to be with my husband's family. it was the longest week ever.

What we are in need of ... please housing is extremely needed in my case.

McLopiccolo  Family of 3
ID # 2006-116

date posted August 31, 2006

Father - age 54 (widowed)
2 boy - age 12
1 girl - age 10

Originally from Bay St. Louis, SC
Staying in rental unit in Cowpens, SC

Adopted by a family in Westford, MA
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

We spent the night in the attic, watching the storm push the water up, into the house. we were 3 blocks from the gulf. the kids occupied themselves with their Nintendo's. i was exhausted from boarding up and getting supplies into the attic. after the water went down, we got busy pushing mud out of our house and started cleaning up. 3 days later our good neighbors, the Monty's helped us travel to Jackson, where we were able to fly out, and get to their maternal grandparents house in Cowpens, s.c. they were in school there, the day after labor day...a priority for me at the time. we are waiting on the second phase of the grant process, to be able to finalize our relocation to south Carolina. after several hurricanes, i can no longer put my children at risk and do not wish to go back home and start over, with the possibility of it re-occurring.

thank you for listening...

we aren't religious people [although i was raised a catholic] we certainly want you to experience the many blessings your Creator might want to bestow on you, should...we are so glad to be a part of the Katrina help forums.

Weaver Family of  4
ID # 2006-117

date posted August 31, 2006

Mother - age 24
Father - age 27
1 boy - age 2
1 girl - age 6

Originally from Hattiesburg, MS
Staying in Georgia

Adopted November 7, 2006
by Chesapeake Research Review in Columbia, MD
YEAH! - Thank you!

 

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

I really did not have a rescue, but the home that we were in had received some property damage. It took the landlord a while to fix the damages to the house that we were renting. Therefore we were forced to move out of state. We had saved money to move, but when everyone hears that you came from either MS. or NO. they jack up the prices for rent. Well, we fell victims to the housing scam. My husband and I still have yet to find a job where we are located and everything has been very hard on us since we have been here. Our expenses are exceeding the income that we had saved, and now we do not know how we are going to get our kids the things that they want for Christmas.

What we are in need of ...

My husband and I are not wanting anything for ourselves, we are only interested in getting help with our kids Christmas.

Hawkins Family of 6
ID # 2006-118

date posted September 1, 2006

Mother - age 40
5 girl - ages 2, 3, 20, 21, 23

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying between family and friends
in New Orleans, LA

Adopted by a family in Hudson, Ohio
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

Respect, I Rather not talk about it.

It's a whole year later, and still we are displaced, damaged, and not comfortable with what's not righteous.

What we are in need of ...

Need help for me and my family, in the areas of employment, housing, transportation, etc.

Miller Family of 3
ID # 2006-119

date posted September 1, 2006

Mother - age 46
1 boy - age 16
1 girl - age 15

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with friend in San Antonio, TX

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

It wasn't a good one but we got out before came but didn't have any where to go. S Atlanta, Georgia with family members and when we went back we didn't have any thing to go back to.  thank you for trying to help us.

Jones Family of 4
ID # 2006-120

date posted September 1, 2006

Wife - age 54
Husband - age 56
Mother - age 86 (Alzheimer's)
Sister - age 52

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

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

Need housing assistance in New Orleans or Baton Rouge.

Green Family of 3
ID # 2006-121

date posted September 4, 2006

Mother - age 22
2 girls - ages 3 & 2 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with family member in Norcross, GA

Adopted by a family in Canton, GA
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

I left the day before with two changes of clothes, and returned home 6months later to basically nothing anything i could have saved had already been gone through by someone who had no respect for others.

Randall Family of 1
ID # 2006-122

date posted September 4, 2006

Lady - age 45
 Special Needs - pump for legs

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with family member in Nashville, TN

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

I LIVED AT 2754 ORLEANS AVE. STOOD IN THE HOUSE WITH WATER LEG DEEP. WAS IN THE HOUSE FOR 3 DAY 2 NIGHTS. WAS RESCUED FROM BOAT TO HELICOPTER TO BUS. LOUISIANA TO HOUSTON TO AL TO TENNESSEE. WHEN I WAS IN LA IN METAIRIE WE STOOD OVER NIGHT ON INTERSTATE WITH NO BATHROOMS, DRY MILITARY FOOD. THEN IN HOUSTON HAD TO DODGE HURRICANE RITA. THAT HOW I WENT TO AL TO A MILITARY BASE THERE. SPENT 3 DAYS IN A MOTEL/NURSING HOME. MY PASTOR FOUND OUT WHERE I WAS AND SENT FOR ME. FROM THERE I WAS BROUGHT TO TENNESSEE. NOW I LIVE HERE. THE DONATIONS THAT I RECEIVED IN HOUSTON WAS SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW ME WHERE EVER I WENT AND I NEVER RECEIVED MY DONATIONS FROM HOUSTON. I HAD TO START OVER WITH THE ONLY MONEY THAT THEY WAS GIVING EVERYONE $2,000 WHICH DOES NOT GO VERY FAR. I AM ON A FIX INCOME. I LOST A LOT OF MY CO-WORKERS, FRIENDS. I AM GREAT FULL I DID NOT LOOSE ANY OF MY FAMILY. I STILL NEED THINGS." THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYS AND SUPPORT." "MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS"

MY FAMILY IS IN HOUSTON. I AM THE ONLY ONE HERE. MY BIRTHDAY IS THIS MONTH SEPT.29,2006 I WILL BE 45 YEARS OLD. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP I THANK YOU FOR IT. I HAD GONE BACK TO SEE WHAT I CAN SAVE AND BARELY NOTHING. I COULD NOT STOP CRYING. "I THANK GOD HE SPARED LIFE, HEALTH, STRENGTH, HIS GRACES, HIS MERCY." PLEASE KEEP PRAYING FOR US. THIS IS A LIFE LONG SCAR THAT NO ONE WILL NEVER FORGET. I WONT.

Dedeaux Family of 4
ID # 2006-123

date posted September 5, 2006

Mother - age 40
Father - age 41
1 girl - age 18
1 boy - age 13

Originally from Pass Christian, MS
Staying in FEMA Trailer

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

We are trying to build now all we would need help with would be to furnished the house.

Shaver Family of 5
ID # 2006-124

date posted September 5, 2006

Mother - age 23
Father - age 26
1 girl - age 2
1 boy - age 4
Brother - age 15

Originally from Lacombe, LA
Staying in private home - Benton, Arkansas

Adopted by Crye-Leike Realtors in Little Rock, Arkansas
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

We left for the hurricane the sat before. We had to leave most of our belongings behind. All we brought were a few suitcases for the weekend. We left both of our dogs behind as well. We evacuated to Little Rock, Arkansas. We have been here ever since. Our home was partially destroyed. It is still not livable and I don't think it ever will be. The landlord is not fixing it. I want to go home so bad to my family but I cant afford it. My children have dealt with this very well. my husband has been working since day one after the evacuation. we are still struggling though to come up with rent and bill money every month.

Edwards Family of 7
ID # 2006-125

date posted September 5, 2006

Mother - age 36
Father - age 32
3 girls - ages 16, 16, 19
2 boys - ages 14, 1

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Dallas, TX

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

This was an experience that I would never forget when we left our house my daughter was pregnant again we went to the convention center there was no help coming so we went to the superdome we got in the line at 5:45a.m. we didn't get through the gate to get on the buses until 3:30p.m. that day i had not slept since that Tuesday aug.30,2005 I was so glad to be able to get on that bus and make sure my family was able to get something to eat and that they were all safe and we was all together.  Any help for my family and me would be very welcome thank you in advance.

Hunt Family of 5
ID # 2006-126

date posted September 5, 2006

Mother - age 44
Father - age 39
1 girl - age 12
2 boys - ages 21, 16

Originally from Picayune, MS
Staying in FEMA Trailer in yard

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

We were in pearl river county I got three of my children out but by the time we realized what we were in for it was to late to get Jonathan out so he and I batten down the hatches and waited. I never expected what I saw the next day business gone. our hospital failed people disoriented. and no idea to what had happened on the coast and in new Orleans. it was days before we knew how bad it really was

I know its late in this but we really need help with our roof and I don't know what to do every body keeps telling me to move but I cant afford to. fema wont help because I don't own the house. the land lord says he cant afford it

McGee Family of 5
ID # 2006-127

date posted September 6, 2006

Mother - age 46
Father - age 50
1 girl - age 8
2 boys - ages 16, 24

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Arlington, TX

Adopted by the Duppstadt Company in Grand Prairie, TX
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

Me and my two children slept in a car for three days with no food or changing clothes that when we went to a shelter and met a lady that we stay by for two days something I normally do not do I tried to forget about what we went thru and my husband were stranded on the house for three days with no help he still hurt over the situation.

We THANK GOD for your assistance.

Lee Family of 4
ID # 2006-128

date posted September 6, 2006

Mother - age 42
Father - age 46
1 girl - age 20
1 boy - age 15

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in private home in Garland, TX

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

My family and I left the day before hurricane Katrina. We evacuated to Houston TX. It was there that we learned that the hurricane had taken everything that we had worked for my husband and I. Our whole life had some how been turned upside down. We have been displaced ever since But through it all we have each other. We now live in garland TX.

Perkins Family of 2
ID # 2006-129

date posted September 6, 2006

Mother - age 54
1 girl - age 14

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with family member in Dallas, TX

Adopted by a family in
Martinsburg, WV
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

IT WAS ONLY THROUGH THE INSISTENCE OF MY DAUGHTER THAT I EVACUATED THE CITY. BEFORE THE STORM I HAD JUST BEE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, AND WAS VERY SICK. SINCE THE STORM I HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH MY OLDEST DAUGHTER AND HER TWO SONS, I ALSO RECENTLY LOST THE CAR I HAD BOUGHT IN AN ACCIDENT ON MY WAY TO A DOCTOR'S APPT. IN HOUSTON.

Perkins Family of 3
ID # 2006-130

date posted September 6, 2006

Mother - age 27
2 boys - ages 8, 1

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying with family member in Dallas, TX

Adopted by a family in Milford, CT
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

My experience has not been as horrible as some but it was still horrible none the less. But with the grace of god my family is all accounted for and everyone is in pretty good health. I was a 911 Operator for the New Orleans Police Department. So, unfortunately I had to work through the storm. It was a very gut-wrenching experience that I will always carry with me. Unfortunately we had the job of telling all those who called for 911 assistance that there was no help. No one would be out to save them. As you can guess I listened to many of my fellow residents crying, screaming or pleading for help. I also listened to some of their last words. It was very sad to know that the adults or children had no help and that ultimately many of them would die. And many of them did. So my experience was horrible because I knew it would be the end for many of those with whom I was speaking. By Tuesday, after the Police Headquarters flooded with water, we were moved by boat to the "Broad Overpass Bridge". There the officers were very rude, yelling & cursing at us as if we were not employees of the New Orleans Police Department. We were even refused bottles of water. We stayed on that bridge for a few hours. Inmates were being shot as they were trying to jump out of the prison across from the bridge. We heard that the prison had also flooded and that some of the inmates were not moved to higher ground and possibly drowned. Officers were going to break out the windows of the vehicles that were parked on the bridge so that we would have somewhere to stay overnight because they were going to leave us on the bridge because the 8th District Police Station was being overrun and they needed to go assist other officers. I remember sitting on that bridge thinking things could get no worse. At least I knew my mother & kids were okay but how would I make it out of New Orleans. After several hours, a bus came and took the 911 personnel to the Ernest M. Memorial convention center , luckily we beat the crowds there.

Shields Family of 3
ID # 2006-131

date posted September 6, 2006

Mother - age 22
Father - age 26
4 boys - ages 6, 3, 2, 5 months

Originally from Gautier, MS
Staying in a private home in Ocean Springs, MS

Adopted by Calistoga High School Friday Night Live in Napa, CA
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

Because we were living on the bayou in Gautier, we were under mandatory evacuation. We borrowed money from family so that we could stay with relatives in north Mississippi and try to hide from the hurricane.

Vincent Family of 6
ID # 2006-132

date posted September 6, 2006

Mother - age 26
1 girl - age 6
3 boys - ages 7, 3, 1
Brother -age 21

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in a private home in Frisco, TX

Adopted by family in Circleville, OH
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

I was able to evacuate the day before the storm hit because I was offered a ride with other family members. My brother on the other hand was not so lucky. He was unable to get out in time. He was rescued from our home and brought to the Convention Center. We were unable to contact each other for two weeks. We were later reunited in Texas where we live together and he helps with my 4 children.

We are in desperate need of furniture and clothing. Everything I have ever owned was lost in the storm. It was very hard for me to find a job at first, but I finally did get a job and I have to wear business attire. I have not been able to provide for my family because I have to catch up on so many bills and FEMA has not been helpful.

Williams Family of 3
ID # 2006-133

date posted September 7, 2006

Mother - age 52
Father - age 54
1 boy - age 11

Originally from Gulfport, MS
Staying in a FEMA Trailer on our land

Adopted by family in Derby, Kansas
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

We live on the Biloxi River and expected a flood so we did not stay here. We were afraid we would die in our truck on the interstate due to traffic jams and no gasoline available so we ended up staying at my office. We were hit with a tornado there but we were not hurt. It was a very scary experience! When the water receded 9 days later we discovered we had a deck and a bathroom left of our home. 10 years of our life here were just memories. We stayed at my office (one room still had 4 walls & a roof) until the looters got too bad. We also stayed in our truck and finally was able to find a tent and stayed there until just before Thanksgiving when our beautiful, white Fema camper arrived! It is very small but we have a roof over us and our more grateful than words can say!

We appreciate you for considering our family. We lost our home and everything we owned except our truck to Hurricane Katrina. We had no insurance, Fema was of very little help because we qualified for an SBA loan. We do not have enough from the loan to build a new home and are praying we may qualify for something to help fill in the gap. We have hardly any personal belongings as we did not get any money to help replace these items. GOD BLESS You & Yours!

Randall Family of 3
ID # 2006-134

date posted September 7, 2006

Mother - age 46
1 girl - age 13
Grandmother - age 68

Originally from 
Staying in an apartment in Houston, TX

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

It was experience I will never forget as long as I live. We left that midnight before storm . My daughter, mother ,my self. My aunt one of my uncle, all went to Dallas first stayed in hotel, before we came Houston. This storm really messed up everyone's lives. And it was on my birthday august 29. We thought we were going just for three days.

I just want to thank you for helping all people that needs help.

Hatcher Family of 6
ID # 2006-135

date posted September 12, 2006

Mother - age 52
2 girls - ages 20, 22
3 boys - ages 1, 2, 23

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in Houston, TX

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

WE were A 31 FAMILY MEMBER CARAVAN WE LEFT ST.BERNARD PARISH ON 8-27-05 BECAUSE WE HAD MY FATHER WHO HAS HEART TROUBLE HE'S 83 YEARS OLD. WE ALSO HAD MY SON WHO WAS VERY ILL AT TIME. HE LATER DIED ON DECEMBER 26,2005 MY TWO DAUGHTERS HAD JUST GIVEN BIRTH ,THE BABIES WAS 8 WEEKS AND THE OTHER 7 DAYS OLD. SO WE NEED TO TRY OUR BEST TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE.

WE JUST THANK JESUS WE ARE ALIVE TO TELL THE STORY.

Hatcher Family of 5
ID # 2006-136

date posted September 12, 2006

Mother - age 25
Father - 28
1 girl - age 4
2 boys - ages 3, 13 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in apartment in Houston, TX

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

My children and myself left with my parents and came to Houston, TX. We have been here ever since. My husband is still working in New Orleans. My kids and I are here because there isn't anywhere for us to live. My husband is staying with friends and family.

I am working but it is hard because I have a 3yr old, a 4yr old, and now we have our 13 month old nephew living with us. I am in desperate and immediate need of child care and an opportunity to get a job with better hours.

Triggs Family of 4
ID # 2006-137

date posted September 12, 2006

Mother - age 28
2 girls - ages 13, 1
Grandmother - age 49

Originally from Kenner, LA
Staying in private home in Kenner, LA

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

My family and I evacuated to Natchez, Miss. before Katrina arrived. When we returned to our home, everything was destroyed, so we chose to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia. We have not found happiness there and we would like to return home. Our home has been fully renovated and we need help in moving our things back home.

Thanks for listening to my struggle.

Louis Family of 3
ID # 2006-138

date posted September 12, 2006

Mother - age 62
2 girls - ages 35, 35

Originally from Metairie, LA
Staying in apartment in Houston, TX

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

MY RESCUE FOR THE HURRICANE WAS DEVASTATING. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. ME AND MY FAMILY WAS SHOT AT. WE WAS HUNGRY, AND HAD NO WATER. THE CHOPPERS THREW BOTTLE WATER AT US AND THE BOXES OF WATER WENT INTO THE CONTAMINATED WATER FULL OF DEAD BODIES, GAS FROM THE CARS AND LORD KNOWS WHAT ELSE. YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE IN MY SHOES TO KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT WE WAS TREATED LIKE ANIMAL. NOW VOUCHERS ARE UP WHAT'S NEXT. GETTING JOBS IS NOT AS EASY AS PEOPLE THINK. AND THE PEOPLE IN TEXAS SAY GO HOME. WELL THERE IS NO HOME TO GO TOO. AND I THINK THAT STATEMENT IS CRUEL. GOD WILL NOT BLESS THEM FOR THAT. GOD NEVER SLEEPS HE HEARS AND SEES EVERYTHING.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY CARE. GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR IT.

Bell Family of 4
ID # 2006-139

date posted September 12, 2006

Mother - age 27
Father - age 30
1 boy - age 2
1 girl - age 7

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in 1 bedroom apartment in
Baton Rouge, LA

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

Left the day before and went by my fiancée in Baton Rouge

WE ARE IN NEED FOR A BIGGER PLACE, CLOTHES, AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR BILLS & GAS.

Robinson Family of 6
ID # 2006-140

date posted September 12, 2006

Mother - age 39
3 boys - ages 18, 17, 11
1 girl - age 13
Brother - age 42

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in rental space in Dallas, TX

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

We where surrounded by 13 feet of water. on the fire escape when some in a boat came and got us. we were some were they brought us and we slept out side for 2to 3 days. may be more. there's so much more and if you were here I could tell you more.  every time I think about it it bring tears to my eyes. and when i say it hurts it hurt. and after all GOD HAS A SAY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS, SAMANTHA ROBINSON AND FAMILY

THANKS FOR ANGEL TREE AND THE PEOPLE WHO CARE. AND YOU ALL WILL BE IN MY PRAYS. GOD BLESS AND BE WITH YOU AND YOURS ALWAYS. SAMANTHA ROBINSON AND CHILDREN THANKS

Hatcher Family of 5
ID # 2006-141

date posted September 12, 2006

Mother - age 24
Father - age 33
2 girls - 12, 4
1 boy - 7 months

Originally from Kenner, LA
Staying in Houston, TX

Adopted by a family in
Springfield, NJ
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

My commute to safety was quite dramatic not for me but for my three year old. We had to drive for miles without any gas or food. We ruined our car and had to be picked up by baton rouge police.  We (my fiancé and I) were separated for what felt like forever. We were reunited in baton rouge someone contacted my father and gave him directions to where the kids and I was. Shortly after we were reunited we made plans to find my relatives ,we were successful in doing that .We made preparations to contact my mother. She met a lady in Texas where she was (in the George R. Brown convention center.)  The nice lady drove all the way from Baytown Texas to baton rouge two days in a row until all of my mothers children were finally together. We stayed at the shelter for a couple of weeks ,i got prenatal care (i was 5 months pregnant.)  They assisted us with immediate food stamps air fare to Dallas. Shortly after we made a permanent move to Houston.

ANY ASSISTANCE THAT IS AVAILABLE IS GREATLY NEEDED AND GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Keeler Family of 5
ID # 2006-142

date posted September 13, 2006

Mother - age 49
Father - age 48
2 girls - ages 15, 16
1 boy - age 24

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi
Staying in private home - Jackson, MS

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

Me and my husband whom is disable and my children left Sunday before hurricane. we were staying from house to house. went back lost everything had 6 feet of water in house. have no clothes and furniture. appreciate any help you can give us. thank you and god bless

We are in need of living room and kitchen set.

Keeler Family of 4
ID # 2006-143

date posted September 13, 2006

Mother - age 30
2 girls - ages 15 & 8
1 boy - age 10

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi
Staying in private home - Jackson, MS

Adopted by a family in Redding, CA
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

I AM A SINGLE MOTHER LIVING WITH MY TWO GIRLS AND MY ONE BOY I TRY TO SUPPORT MY CHILDREN IN ANYWAY I CAN AND WOULD HATE FOR MY CHILDREN TO WAKE UP ON CHRISTMAS MORNING WITHOUT SEEING NOTHING UNDER THE TREE ALL I ASK FOR IS FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE MY CHILDREN HAPPY SO I CAN BE HAPPY THANKS A LOT.

Please someone be that saving soul for my children thanks.

Mitchell Family of 4
ID # 2006-144

date posted September 13, 2006

Mother - age 25
Father - age 26
1 girl - age 5
1 boy - age 6 months

Originally from New Orleans, LA
Staying in private home - Houston, TX

Adopted by a family in Metairie, LA
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

I was pregnant at the time and I was transported to many different states with no medical attention I was hot and hungry me and my daughter didn't eat in a couple of days. I finally got a break when my husband who was still in New Orleans got some money to us and got us a ride to a relatives house. and that is putting it in a nice way but that was the worst thing I ever went through in my life if I had more time and space you could get the whole story.

Campbell Family of 3
ID # 2006-145

date posted September 13, 2006

Mother - age 46
2 boys - ages 20, 21

Originally from Beaumont, TX
Staying in private home - Beaumont, TX

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

WE LEFT BEAUMONT ME AND MY FIVE KIDS, GRANDKIDS MY FATHER WAS (92)YEARS OLDS WE WAS ON THE HIGHWAY 24 HRS.  BEFORE WE REACHING OUR HOTEL WE WAS THERE FOR 5 DAYS AFTER WE RETURN HOME I FOUND MY ROOF OFF ALL MY WINDOW WAS BROKEN MY WALLS ANDS FLOORS WAS DAMAGE REAL BAD I LOOK AT MY HOME AND JUST CRY MY HEART OUT I SAID LORD HELP ME.

THANKS YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS.

Waller Family of 4
ID # 2006-146

date posted September 13, 2006

Mother - age 33
Father - age 38
2 girls - ages 11 months & 4 months
(4 month old was premature and born at 25 weeks.  Is on APNEA monitor and special formula)

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

ADOPTED BY A FAMILY IN CUMBERLAND, VA
11/06/06

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

I was 7 1/2 months pregnant we lived 2 blocks from the beach in Biloxi, MS. On the Sunday before Katrina hit at 7am we loaded our car and got ready to evacuate. A few blocks from the house our car died. My husband coaxed it back to the house my little sister and her husband picked us up (their car was already packed so we only had room for 2 laundry baskets of clothes, wedding pictures (we were married 4/9/2005 and some baby clothes and blankets in case I went into labor) and took us to my mother's house. My mother, 2 of my brothers, my sister, niece, nephew, Rob and myself got in a 15 passenger van and drove to Georgia and back to my mother's house in McHenry, MS. On September 4 we were allowed to see what was left of our house in Biloxi. There was a piece of fence, steps and a flowerpot (nothing to go through). October 2 my husband and I went to Mobile, Al and were placed on the cruise ship. October 6 I was admitted to the hospital because of pregnancy complications. October 7 Eileen Rose was born by emergency c-section. We went back to the cruise ship after I was released from the hospital. The week before Thanksgiving we were moved into a FEMA mobile home. Christmas Eve I found out I was pregnant. May 12 I was rushed to the hospital in Mobile, AL and Victoria Lee was born by emergency c-section (25 weeks gestation). Victoria came home September 1st after 16 weeks in the NICU and is on an APNEA (breathing and heart monitor).

I really want my babies to have a special Christmas they have both had such rough lives so far. Thank you for everything. God has given me three of the best blessings I ever could ask for. I came out of Katrina with my husband and my two little princesses.

Nguyen Family of 4
ID # 2006-147

date posted September 13, 2006

Mother - age 30
3 boys - 6, 7, & 17 months

Originally from Biloxi, MS
Staying in Helena, AL

Adopted by a family in Avon Lake, OH
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

We stayed for the storm, we got out right before the house went down, a stranger gave us a ride to Birmingham, and we stayed with a family member.

We are safe in Al, but we still in needs of help to get back on our feet, to start our lives again.

Britton Family of 5
ID # 2006-148

date posted September 14, 2006

Mother - age 33
2 girls - 17, 1
2 boys - 12, 7

Originally from Violet, LA
Staying in Baton Rouge, LA

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

WE WAS the 27th FAMILY MEMBER TO LEAVE ST, BERNARD Parish ON THE 27TH DAY OF AUGUST ONLY BECAUSE I HAD JUST HAD A BABY SHE WAS 7 WEEKS OLD ME AND MY FAMILY WANTED TO LEAVE EARLY BECAUSE MY SISTER HAD A BABY TO HE WAS 7 DAYS OLD AND MY BROTHER WAS VERY SICK HE LATER PASS AWAY ON 12-26-05 MY GRANDFATHER WAS 83 YEARS WITH HEART TROUBLE WE ALL CAME TO HOUSTON TX, AND WENT TO A SHELTER AT GEORGE R BROWN, THAT WAS A EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE, WE LOST EVERY THING OUR HOUSE WAS UNDER WATER ,MY MOTHER ,SISTER BROTHER AND GRANDFATHER HOUSE WAS ALL GONE WE DID NOT SAVE NOTHING LORD HOW THAT HURT MY FAMILY ND TO ADD SALT TO THE WOUND IT WAS MY SISTER BIRTHDAY ON THE 29TH AND MOTHER 30TH NICE ON THE 31TH OF AUGUST ALL WE CAN SAY IS LORD HELP US.

THANK YOU FOR CARING SO MUCH.

Smith Family of 2
ID # 2006-149

date posted September 14, 2006

Mother - age 29
1 boy - age 6

Originally from Marrero, LA
Staying in private home in Lancaster, TX

Adopted by a family in Indianapolis, IN
YEAH! - Thank you!

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

Me and 14 other family members evacuated together Sunday before the storm. When we first arrived to Beaumont TX where we stayed at Motel 6 and got 2 rooms that we had to share so 7 stayed in one room and the other 7 in the other room. When we saw that we where going to be away from home for awhile we saw that we had to make a change in plans because we knew we didn't have enough money to stay at the motel, we left with the little money we had between the 14 of us and headed to Lancaster, TX where we had one family member that lived here. Once arriving to Lancaster we arrived there finding 12 other family member making in 26 people in a single story home, some slept in beds some on floors and others in there cars. My son evacuated with his dad to Mississippi and I had no contact with him for 8 days after the storm because part of the storm hit where they were. I didn't know what to do I cried everyday for him, after what seemed like the long wait in my life we was back with me again. We are still displaced because of hurricane Katrina and living in Lancaster TX.

Williams Family of 4
ID # 2006-150

date posted September 14, 2006

Mother - age 47
Father - age 49
1 girl - age 17
1 boy - age 17

Originally from 
Staying with family member in Dallas TX

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

I was in about 12 feet of water me and my children. THERE were know one to help us. until someone came with a boat. and it was blessing.

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS.

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