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A Decade After Katrina, a Volunteer Remembers

Volunteers make the good works of GraceWorks possible. A few help every day. Some work weekly, some monthly, and some in a special time of need.

Gere Brown was one of the latter. And although she now lives in Virginia, her experience as a volunteer 10 years ago was so memorable that she felt the need to express her gratitude and share her memories.

The following is a letter she recently wrote to GraceWorks.

Dear Kind People,

On this 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s making landfall on the Gulf Coast, my thoughts immediately go to GraceWorks.

As residents of New Orleans at the time, my husband and I were lucky enough to be able to evacuate before it hit. We arrived in Nashville to stay with relatives. What we assumed would be a couple of days of inconvenience turned into months of struggle.

But I was lucky enough to find myself at GraceWorks as a volunteer. You went from having three 6-foot tables of clothes to filling 22,000 square feet of space in less than two weeks for the people on the coast. And for the poor people who had ridden the storm out in the Super Bowl, your help was unimaginable.

The whole time your blessed volunteers stayed positive – upbeat, smiling, to keep us moving forward.

On one bleak day for me, 40 people stopped work to make a prayer circle to pray for me. I still feel the power of that moment and will never forget God’s powerful gift.

So to all the people in need or giving aid at GraceWorks, I think of you often and wish you the best.

This person knows God surely lives in Franklin.

I am most humbly grateful,
Gere Brown

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