|GCN Exclusive Report
It is so hard to show the strength that
compassion brings to an area after a major disaster. But we will try. Take
the following submission from Mark Proulx, has been covering Hancock
County for GCN - Editor.
Waveland – Behind The Scenes Heroes
By Mark Proulx - Special to GCN
You know how you receive emails that touch your hearts? This email
came from one of Waveland’s “sister” cities - Northbrook, IL, and the
group KARING. It touched Kathy Pinn so much that she forwarded it to me
Submitted by Kathy Pinn, Donations Coordinator
City of Waveland, 335 Coleman Avenue, Waveland, MS 39576,
228-467-4134 or 467-3425
There have been thousands of people who have reached out to Waveland.
some with a single generous gesture and some that just keep on
giving...there are some many of the "keep on giving kind" that they make
it almost impossible for me to be crabby!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Please read the attached, it will bless you as much as it has blessed
As many of you know I have been working with a group in the area called
KARING. KARING was formed as a response to the devastation caused by
The one year anniversary is coming up on August 29th.
KARING was established and 501C3 status applied for.
Progress is being made in Waveland. Things are being built, groups are
there volunteering and it is also becoming apparent that the rebuilding
process will take years.
Several trips have been taken to the area. We have gutted houses, cleared
property, ripped off roofs, adopted dogs, cleaned beaches, rocked babies,
answered phones and slept in FEMA trailers. I even got to go to the yacht
On our last trip 26 of us age 11 to 75 (young at heart and effort) held
a week long day camp for almost 100 kids. We took the older kids canoeing,
bowling, for a walk, to a local water park and organized a mean game of
basketball. The younger kids kept busy with crafts, games and art
projects. All this was done in the almost 100 degree heat.
Some of our volunteers tore off a tin roof and cleaned out a house that
had not been touched since the storm. The memories of that week will stick
with all of us that have traveled to Waveland for a long time.
Several fundraisers have taken place, including:
school bake sales and concerts
bar/bat mitzvah projects
church collections and a garden seminar
sidewalk sale to sell pottery brought back from Waveland
and a wonderful concert
This coming year is filled with the same excitement. In the next week we
are sponsoring the food at a Ferris Buehler outside movie night and
selling fresh roasted corn.
In April a 57" foot trailer was sent to Waveland packed with computers and
A 2nd truck is going to Waveland with school desks, fans and animal
We are outfitting the schools with new computers and books.
We have sponsored a Easter egg hunt and are looking forward to Wavefest in
We are raising money for a $100,000 donation to the city to help defray
the costs of rebuilding the community center. Our $100,000 will enable
the town to get a $1,000,000 grant.
Our next trip in October will revolve around helping the women of Waveland
who work in the city or with the chamber. We will be providing hair cuts,
manicures and massages. We will also be hosting a special creative
memories workshop for an evening.
There are so many other things that have been done or are in the process
but I feel the most important thing to come out of all of this is the
friendships and experiences I have had. Almost anything I have asked to
get done has been done and I have met the greatest people both in this
area and in Waveland.
In February, Northbrook baseball donated a fancy red tractor lawn
mower to Waveland Parks and Recreation. (pretty much one guy).He was
clearing the baseball fields of debris by hand. He was mowing with an old
push mower. He lost everything he owned in the flood but he was
determined to get the ball season up and running.
Because of that donation another father in town got to coach his sons
When we were in Waveland in June we rented a bouncy thing or moon
walk. When the owner came to deliver it he had 3 on his truck. As I
walked up to him I was wondering how I was going to pay for all of that
fun. I introduced myself and he asked if we were the group that had
provided the lawn mower for the ball teams. I told him that we had and he
said because of that donation his son got to play ball and he would like
to pay it forward with a donations of 3 moonwalks for the week.
This is only one example of how things have been working for KARING.
It is the most amazing thing.
We could always use help both here and in Waveland if you are interested
in lending your talent please let me know. No talent is too little or
Please forward this email to anyone you know that would like to know more
about what is going on in Waveland.
Have a great summer!”
3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook, Il 60062