Students Give Relief to New Orleans
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2011 [9:18 PM]
LWC students and staff members work on a house during their
December relief trip
to New Orleans.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A group of Lindsey Wilson College
students left the Big Easy a little better than they found it after
taking part in a service trip last month. The service trip -- held
Dec. 12-23 -- was the fourth one to New Orleans that Lindsey Wilson
students have taken since Hurricane Katrina caused massive damage
to the city in 2005.
LWC resident hall director Cameron Mueller, who led the 25 students, said
he feels great about LWC's sustained efforts to aid the city.
"Every trip is extremely rewarding and this one was no different,"
Mueller said. "We rebuilt homes, and the homeowners are so
appreciative of what we do while we are there. Without the help of
service groups a lot of these homes still wouldn't be back in
Mueller says those affected by the hurricane's devastation aren't
the only ones rewarded by the service trips.
"There were only a few students who had ever been to New Orleans,
let alone rebuild houses there," he said. "I think many of them
experienced a true sense of gratification."
Hallie McCray, a graduate student of Columbia,
Ky., enjoyed the trip more than anything else she's done at the
"Going on this trip has been the highlight of my time at LWC
thus far," McCray said. "It was the first time I got to work
alongside the students for a common cause. Volunteer service work
is unique in how it brings people together."
Mueller said that he and future LWC students will gladly
continue to make the trips as long as New Orleans needs help.
"As long as I can find money from sponsors and grants I will do
it again," he said. "I love doing the trip and want to share my
experience with as many people as I can."
Click here to learn about how to help out the
Hurricane Katrina relief effort.