March 29, 2012
Every once in a while, when you donate your time, you receive back far more than you've given. That was the case on my first trip to New Orleans with Patti Vile and Volunteer Expeditions. Our adventure began when the plane landed in New Orleans and the 25 of us hit the ground running. Each day startedbwith a stimulating motivational speaker who energized us for our day's work. From dry walling to painting to packing food in a food dispensary and back to the houses,we were all exhillerated with our hands on ability to help. In the evening, after the day's work was completed, the group would discuss our personal experiences of the day with most agreeing the higlight was working next to and with the people whose lives were so devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Their faith in God and humanity, their appreciation of our work and their joy in rebuilding their homes with us made the venture exceptional. However, the greatest experience was seeing the people with whom we worked express their gratitude to Patti for bringing her group, Volunteer Expeditions, to New Orleans. This trip was definitely a highlight and one of the most moving experience I have yet to encounter. The bottom line from this trip is simple to state: We gave of our time and effort and came home much the richer for it. Join one of Patti's trips. You won't be disappointed.
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