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Helping Katrina Victims 'Extra Special' For Floyd Victims

Posted September 3, 2005

— Sally Harris is one of dozens of volunteers on a mission in Wilson County to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Like other volunteers, she's not afraid to dance or sing to bring in more donations -- to collect water, toiletries and cash for the American Red Cross.

"Most people we run into, it's like where can we give what can we do," Harris said.

But what makes this relief operation extra special for volunteers such as Harris, she said, is that they survived the devastation caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

"My home was flooded," volunteer Mattie Jones added.

It took Jones six months to get back into her home, she said, and that's why she's volunteering.

"It's important to me to want to give something back to the Red Cross because they gave to me," Jones said.

Volunteer George Revis lost his best friend in Hurricane Floyd.

"He was trying to save his grandbaby, and he lost his life," Revis said. "I think she was saved, but he lost his. So I know what it feels like first-hand."

Revis' family bought bags of supplies for Katrina's flood victims.

"It's the right thing to do," he said.

"We want to make sure we are there for the people," Jones added.


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