Children First: Sharing Christmas with Evacuees

Thanks to Operation Katrina Home Care in west Alabama, hundreds of evacuees will have a happy holiday.

"We have over 200 evacuees, men and women," said Cynthia Brooks, director of Operation Katrina Home Care in Livingston, Ala.

According to Brooks, they are also now assisting about 100 children.

Since Hurricane Katrina, the non-profit Sumter County based group has assisted evacuees from west Alabama and east Mississippi with everything from providing immediate needs to counseling and legal aid.

Officials with Operation Katrina Home Care hosted a party Thursday to share gifts for the children whose homes back in New Orleans and the Mississippi coast are in shambles.

"They don't want that much. A lot of people say we won't get that much but we say if you need it to take it," Brooks said.

And Operation Katrina Home Care says its mission is far from over.

"Now, we're looking at five years, but they're going to need help for longer than five years," said Elizabeth Gardner. "Now, they're going back home but what are they going back home to? It's Christmas time and these children need encouragement and that's our gift just to encourage them and let them know that we love them."

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