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September 15th, 2005 10:56 PM

Resilience

From Jason

Today I went to Jefferson Parish for the day.

I remember seeing the president of Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard, absolutely lose it on “Meet the Press” two weeks ago. After today, I know why.

We had 2 full buses as well as 4 other cars that were full to the brim with goods and food.

Michael, the New Orleans resident VFP who survived the hurricane, led the convoy. He knows the areas that need us the most.

We handed out food and water to hundreds today. They are good people, full of hope, even at this time of tragedy. The people I spoke to today feel blessed to have survived. I was told story after story of people praying in their houses during the storm. These are all people who didn't have the means or the resources to get out of New Orleans before the storm.

Left behind by the government before the storm, they feel equally as forgotten after the storm. No one had even been able to connect with FEMA. Most people call all day everyday and get no one on the other end.

The Red Cross is non-existent too. One resident told me a story of a Red Cross truck driving through their neighborhood. They ran out to ask them where the Red Cross base was around here and they were told, "We don’t know."

I met one family who painted "NEED FOOD AND WATER" in huge letters on the street in front of their house so that the helicopters might read it and bring some.

We encountered so many children today. All who have been left with nothing. These amazing kids have so much resilience and energy -- it is inspiring. Many of them are so mature for their young age because of how much they have already been through. Little girls, no older than 6 or 7, ask me for the exact kind of formula that their baby brother needs. I know that when I was that age, I knew nothing about my brother's baby formula. Another 10 year old boy was taking care of his 4 younger siblings while his mom came and got food from our trucks. It was amazing to see how such a young child could be so responsible.

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