Sunday, December 23, 2012

9th Ward rebuilds

Today, a group of volunteers helped clean trash and debris from several empty lots in the 9th Ward to allow forklifts to clear the land. The National Builders Association in partnership with the NFL is helping to construct brand new homes in an area devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The program is called, Touchdown for Homes.

Our new City Councilman, James Gray, was leading the cleanup effort accompanied by a PR entourage.

A dozen volunteers showed up at 9 a.m. to walk through tangles of brush and collect slate, old boards, styrofoam and trash. I recognized somebody who'd performed in a musical with me a couple of years earlier - Monica.

She sings in choirs at St. David's church nearby on St. Claude Avenue and at St. Louis Cathedral and lives in the Marigny.

We were done in a couple of hours, although the work is far far from done.

Here's where we're coming from.

"Hell of a job, Brownie."

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