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It used to be that when you said you ate out last night it meant at a restaurant with a menu. It is slowly getting back to that. Not quite yet, though. We still have the free food places. My personal favorites are the hippie tent and the big tent.

Although everyone appreciates all of them, these two have the best food. It will be sooooooo sad when they pack up and leave. The hippies are leaving the day after Thanksgiving. So for Thanksgiving dinner, guess where we'll be?

I really want to say thanks to all the people who have helped in any way. We actually met a great new friend at the K-mart parking lot. He was so nice but when I first saw him he sort of scared me. We all got to know him and have a fun time with him, which just goes to show you can't judge a book by its cover.

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Hi there,
You may find free food at Camp Calvary on Bookter in Bay St. Louis. Friendly group of people too.

The New Waveland Cafe will be taking off after Thanksgiving, but some are moving on to help those in New Orleans...If you feel you'd like to still volunteer and help the people of Katrina please contact:
Arjay Sutton
Phone: (828) 280-6338
email: [email protected]

He'll point you in the right direction, I know they were in need of Nurses/Drs/and just regular volunteers...

Everyone keep up the great work!

Best Wishes,
JoAnn Bush
Los Angeles, CA

JoAnn, I've noticed the past few days that you've been quite a clearing house of information linking many different organizations and people. Thank you for your help! I'm just sitting here, reading posts. Makes me feel sort of NOT useful!

Hannah, I imagine that Thanksgiving will be quite a different holiday for you and your neighbors. Do you have any plans for the holiday that resemble plans from previous years?

Katrinas Kitchen, A great place to eat and everyone is so friendly. I voluntered twice last year to work in the Kitchen and it was one of the best times in my life. Great people to work with and just to be able to lend a prayer and a helping hand to those in need was something everyone needs to experience. I was going to go to China or Bolivia for a couple weeks but instead chose to go help in Katrinas Kitchen. The food was the best in town according to those who came to eat and worship.

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