The City of Long Beach, Mississippi is located on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, just a few miles west of Gulfport and Biloxi. Founded in 1905, Long Beach celebrated its centennial just 3 weeks before Katrina came ashore.
Home to a branch campus of a state university, Long Beach experienced a massive storm surge estimated at over 30 feet above normal high tide, which wiped hundreds of home from their foundations and created debris piles hundreds of yards inland.
As reported in the Gazette (September 22-28, 2005), local volunteers have loaded a donated Winnebago with relief supplies and driven it the Mississippi Gulf Coast to deliver the mobile home to Lutheran-Episcopal Services in North Jackson, MS, a major staging area for the Katrina recovery work. The Winnebago serves as both delivery van and short term housing for relief workers or a displaced family.
Croton houses of worship raised almost $2,000 over the weekend of September 16 and 17 in order to make the 1984 Winnebago road worthy and well stocked with appropriate supplies. In addition, the proprietor of a Croton service station donated a full tank of gasoline.
Upon arriving in Mississippi, the van’s drivers reported it had achieved circa 6.5 miles per gallon. The Winnebago will be left behind for the local authorities to deploy as they think best.
Tax-deductible donations to this effort may be care of St. Augustine’s Church, 6 Old Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520, with “Katrina-Winnebago Fund” written on the memo line. All funds will go to the relief effort.
Please find more information about the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Long Beach community at these websites: