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Today has been a good day but I still seem really down. I have been at our Church twice today and once yesterday taking things for the evacuees from Katrina. We have 90 people in our Church Family Life Center. They are so precious and have so little. We are trying to meet individual needs and they are so great. These people range in age from infant to grandparent. They came here with only the clothes on their backs and those needed washing so bad. Fortunately we have four showers in the FLC and they could all get a good hot shower soon after they got here. They were ready for a good hot meal then and to get into the clean beds we had for them. We were able to give them all of that. The adults and older children have been able to go through the clothes in our Clothes Closet and pick out things they can wear and things for the younger children. Several of the businesses in our town donated a LOT of stuff so each could have a bed, containers to keep personal things in, a folding rack for their clothes, etc. So many things have been donated that we had to get another church that is nearby to let us use their gym to receive things. Their ladies have been sorting and sizing the clothes and packaging the things according to what they are. We have even had to ask people to wait and check in a week to see what the needs are then. Christian people are so good and it thrills my heart that we are able to use our building this way. When we were planning and building it, it was the prayer of each one of us on the building committee that this building be used mightily for God's work. We have been in it for three years this month and it has truly been a blessing.

 

I guess that just seeing the happy smiling faces of people who are just so glad to be able to bathe, eat and sleep in a safe place humbles me so much. I cried today twice for the first time in a long time. Once over the plight of these precious people and then at how much I love Hans. We have had two bad nights and when I am tired, I am affected more severely than when I'm not.

 

One dear lady was asked if she was going to settle around here or if she was planning on going back home. She quietly said that she had no home to go home to and she thought she should keep her family here in North Texas. There is a little boy about three, Malachai, who was looking for a lady that he wanted to go home with. His grandmother was laughing about him hunting "his lady". He was so cute. I looked for him this evening when I was by there but could not find him. I guess he found his lady. God bless them all. Not just "ours" but everyone that has been touched by this terrible storm.

 

I spent this weeks grocery money on diapers, wipes, powder, Desitin, paper towels and toilet tissue. Then went back this afternoon and got a lot of hair stuff for black hair. I don't know anything about how they care for it but I cornered a lady in the store and she helped me - telling me what she uses on hers and her families. I spent next weeks grocery money on that. When my daughter heard what I had done, she called me to say she was bringing us supper. She brought enough meat loaf, mashed potatoes, corn and green beans for the rest of this week. The Lord provides.

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Please pass on the thoughts and prayers to those whom you are aiding from me and my family- we wish them the best, and think of their plight often. Thank you for giving to them more than what you can "afford". I am sure the rewards you will recieve for your generosity will keep both your stomach and your spirit full.

Kristen

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Joy, that is so wonderful of you.

I was so happy to hear that 2,000 survivors are coming to Seattle. I am going to find out tomorrow is there is a church or group near that is accepting donations of clothes and supplies.

This country is coming together and ii warms the heart!

Bonnie

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I AGREE WITH ALL ESPECIALLY BONNIE!! WHEN WE ALL COME TOGETHER IN A CRISIS OR DISASTER, IT WARMS MY HEART AS WELL. PEOPE ARE GENERALLY GOOD HEARTED AND PULL TOGETHER AT A TIME LIKE THIS.

 

 

 

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