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Rising from Ruin is an on-going MSNBC.com special report chronicling two coastal Mississippi towns, Bay St. Louis and Waveland, as they rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

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The people of Bay St. Louis and Waveland still need help rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina, and there are several options to contribute:

SOS4EDUCATION is engaged in an ongoing fundraising effort to help rebuild, revive and refurbish the Bay St. Louis - Waveland School District. Details on how to help are available on the group's Web site or be e-mail at sos4education@aol.

The non-profit Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which has been serving south Mississippi since 1989, is raising money for a range of relief efforts, including rebuilding businesses, bringing back the arts and directly helping affected families.

Habitat for Humanity is increasingly active in the area, with plans to build 10 homes by the anniversary of Katrina on Aug. 29 and more than 100 homes overall, according to Wendy McDonald, Hancock County project manager. To donate or inquire about volunteering, contact the Jackson, Miss., branch of the charity at http://www.habitatjackson.org/.

The Hancock County Library System is working to rebuild after two of its four branches were destroyed by Katrina. The library system is accepting financial contributions but not books, since it has no storage space. The system's public affairs and development officer, Mary Perkins, is chronicling her personal recovery as an MSNBC.com citizen diarist.

The only radio station in the area is operated by the non-profit Hancock County Amateur Radio Association. Operators Brice Phillips and Christine Stach have kept the station on the air 24 hours a day since the storm, operating under a special emergency license that they are desperately trying to keep.


Gulf Coast Community Foundation
c/o Hancock Chamber
412 Highway 90, Suite 6
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
228-467-9048

Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson
1260 Ellis Ave.
P. O. Box 55634
Jackson, MS 39296-5634
601-353-6060

The Library Foundation of Hancock County
312 Highway 90
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
228-467-5282

Hancock County Amateur Radio Association
P.O. Box 1145
Kiln, MS 39556
228-463-1035

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anyone having a Habitat home built contact me i have some materials to donate

If you need teachers and can arrange it with my district, I'll be there!

Anyway to have a couple classrooms of children buy their favorite books to donate to rebuild libraries in schools in Mississippi or Louisiana?

I have sizes 12, 14 and 16 women's clothing to donate to anyone in need! I also have several other items that are just like new and I want to help anyway I can! God Bless you all!

WHAT A BLESSING, I' IN FEMA TRAILER, WHICH I HAVE TO BE OUT WITH NO FUNDS, BY JULY 07. I NEED ANYTHING I LOST EVERYTHING, NO INS. MONEY ON FEMA, $5,000,00, THAT WAS GOD DOING I STOODED IN LINE 3 DAYS. I NEVER BEEN USER, BUT BEEN THE ONE TO GIVE. KATRINA, LEFT ME HOSPITAL, 3 DAYS, MOLD EXPOSURE. THERE WAS BLESSING, COMMING BUT, ME AND MY DAYCARE KIDS SUFFERED. THIS STUFF WAS SO JUDGEMENTAL, I MADE 589.00, CLEAR THIS YEAR. I MAKE NO MONEY MY DAYCARE INS, WENT FROM 4500.00
IN 9 MONTHS TO 9579.00 9 MONTHS, IT SOLD SEPRATED. I WAS OFFERED TO SELL, BUT GOD PUT ME FOR HIS ANGLES, THAT WAS ABUSED, FOR 6 OR MORE MONTHS, DURNING KATRINA. ESCATWPPA, SMALL TOWN, NORTH, PASCAGOULA, MS. WILL BE FORCED TO MOVE BY JULY O7. ALL FAITH AND GLORY, I LOOKING FOR WINDOWS, FLOORING GROUT, THINGS TO BE PUT IN. I HAVE NO FUNITURE, MY HOUSE THREE BEDROOM, JUST FOR MOTHER, WITH THREE CHILDREN, 2 FINISHED COLLEAGE, MY BABY 20, ARE IN COLLEAGE NOW. WITH MY SAVIOR HELP, MY EXTENDED FAMILY, PLEASE E-MAIL ME @WMSPSY1@AOL.COM I HAVE ANGLES, PARENTS, LEAVE THEM HERE AND FORGET THEM. THE KIDS, WOULD WALK AND ASK TO HELP, BUT THERE IS MORE HELP FOR DOG, THEN ANGEL(KID), GOD IS NOT PLEASE. PLEASE EMAIL
ME, I LOST CAR, WHEN I SAID EVERYTHING. I MEAN DOWN TO PERSONAL ITEMS ME AND MY KIDS. I HAD HUSBAND, BUT ABUSE, I REFUSE TO TAKE. GOD, WILL PROVIDE I LOVE ALL MY HEAVENLY FAMILY, AND PRAYING FOR MY WORLDLY ONE
LET PULL TOGETHER, HELP MRS. WILLIAMS. #228-475-4888

THANKS, THANKS, TO GOD BE GLORY.

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