Green Forest UMC aids Katrina victims

Monday, August 7, 2006
Green Forest United Methodist Youth help families in Gulfport. Here, they cleaned up large tree debris from a three-acre yard.

GREEN FOREST -- Between June 25 and July1, Green Forest United Methodist Youth and adults, traveled to Gulfport, Miss., where they helped families devastated by Hurricane Katrina on the coast.

The group stayed at Gateway United Methodist Church along with six other groups. There were more than 130 people sharing kitchen space, sleeping space and three showers.

Green Forest UMY was able to help four different families over the course of the week. They cleared one family's three-acre yard of large tree debris, did wind repair work for two retired women, including rebuilding a porch, painting, and roof repair.

The group was also able to team up with another smaller team and gave them a boost with sheet rocking a home on one day.

The last day was spent helping a member of the church where the groups were staying, who had recently had health problems and whose husband had died. The group was able to fix the roof on her garage where tools and electrical equipment were being housed, tore down a ceiling and took up flooring in two different rooms, and finished sheet rock in her hallway.

The group was very blessed by their time in Mississippi, said Brooke Coffey, director of ministry. "All of the families that were helped, were very appreciative of the groups time and efforts. The group met many others in their travels, who expressed the same sentiments. The Gulf communities are very appreciative of anyone who comes down to assist in their time of need.

"Help is still needed everywhere," Coffey continued. "It has been almost been a year since Katrina, and the devastation still visible is unbelievable."

Youth participants included: Zach Jackson, Alex Jackson, Dean Burnett, Aaron Campbell, CJ Davis, Cory Doyle, Michael Allen, Andrew Davis, Tahna Tucker, Lauren Momont, Meghan Momont, Beth Campbell, Rona Babb, Sarah Griffis, Kalyn Hamilton. Adults were Jackie Momont, Russ French, Barbara French, Brooke Coffey, Chad Davis, and Tony Coffey.

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