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Students outfit Katrina victims' homes

October 03, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- Students in Thomasville are putting a personal touch on temporary homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They've helped outfit hundreds of mobile homes with all of the creature comforts so many of them lost.

It's an effort led by Brookwood School's SGA president, Hannah Clark. "We're collecting items for the adopt-a-trailer program that FEMA started for the Katrina victims," she says.

But students did better than just one trailer. They adopted nine, because they wanted to help as much as possible. "Stewart Park Homes gave us a list of everything that each trailer needed, hygiene items, and paper goods, and canned food," says Clark.

Each of those items will go into a thousand trailers being built in Thomasville for FEMA; temporary housing free to Katrina victims. "They're going to take them either to Louisiana or Mississippi," says Clark.

The victims of Hurricane Katrina aren't the only ones who will benefit from this project. The students will also take something from it. "Those people have nothing. It's really important to me personally that we need to do this," says Senior, Promboin "Sweet Pea" Kadice. "It's kind of hard to believe they've lost everything. I'm glad we could get together and help them out," adds Brookwood's Spirit Chief, Ben Hopkins. "It makes me feel good to know that we did something to help people start over and rebuild their lives," says Clark. That's a heartfelt reconstruction amid some of America's worst destruction.

Some of the hardest hit victims of Hurricane Katrina are the youngest ones. To help ease the pressure on them, Brookwood's lower school included personalized coloring books in each trailer.

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