My Vacation to Louisiana and Hurricane Katrina - My Family Travels

It hit fast, and it hit hard. The people of Louisiana didn’t know what to do. They couldn’t escape, and they couldn’t get out. The people’s worst night mare was coming alive before their very eyes. What am I talking about? I am speaking up about one of the world’s most devastating natural disasters. Hurricane Katrina which tore apart many lives and families on August 30, 2005.

It had been two years after Hurricane Katrina had struck; many would believe that by 2007 it would just be a bad memory, but when my family and I arrived in the ninth ward all we could do was break down and cry. The very sight was terrible. Houses were destroyed left with nothing but circles and numbers that represented people that were found dead. Driving around the numbers began to add up. Windows were shattered, ceilings were fallen in, and all of these helpless people’s belongings were scattered across the ground for miles. The further and further we drove into the ninth ward the effects of Hurricane Katrina grew worse.

All my family and I wanted to was help get what was a beautiful place to live back to what it used to be. We saw a group of people repairing and rebuilding some of the badly damaged houses. It was my idea to get out and help them. Together in one days work my family and I, and the group of people repaired and rebuilt two houses!

It felt really good to know that a lot of stress was lifted of some people’s shoulders because of me and my family. We even help clean the streets filled with broken glass, beer bottles and other trash. Some think that I did all of that for nothing, but just the feeling of doing something good for someone other than myself is a good feeling and that’s all I need. So, in my opinion I did get rewarded.

Visiting the ninth ward and help rebuild it means so much to me. That is a very fond memory I will always keep with me in my heart. To this day I can still feel that feeling I had that very same day. Ever since then I have fallen in love with the art of volunteering, and helping others. I think I am addicted to that feeling; it warms my heart every time I touch the life of someone else in this world. I do plan to return to Louisiana this year and make more of an impact on the lives of the people of Louisiana. Maybe I can return with my own group of people that are as determined as I am to help. Maybe we can repair up to a whole block of houses and streets together!

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