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Hurricane Katrina survivors face grim Thanksgiving
Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Posted on 11/23/2005 6:34:54 AM PST by WestTexasWend

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Debbie Shifter faces the daunting task of whipping up Thanksgiving dinner for 18 in the tiny kitchen of her FEMA trailer.

Shifter, who lives in Bay St. Louis, Miss., had to drive 45 minutes to find a Wal-Mart that survived Hurricane Katrina. Downsizing the ingredients to fit her compact oven, she will serve a 13-pound turkey instead of the usual 20-pounder. Because of a lack of counter space, she will do the chopping and dicing on two wooden TV trays in her living room.

Guests will eat outside at a plastic table on her lawn, or in shifts at the kitchen table. Dinner will be served on paper plates with plastic utensils.

"We done lost everything we owned, just about - except for us," she said, standing next to the ruins of the larger trailer home she once called home. "We're going to stick together at all of our holidays."

For many across the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast, this is going to be a grim Thanksgiving.

In New Orleans, where death and destruction still hang over the many empty streets and ruined neighborhoods, Eldon Robinson's thoughts are on his five pieces of storm-damaged property, not a Thanksgiving Day spread.

"I'll be eating no turkey," said Robinson, a 64-year-old landlord, as he picked up bottled water from a food distribution point. "I can't afford to buy no turkey."

Instead, he will work on his damaged roofs, kick himself for dropping insurance on his rental property before Katrina struck Aug. 29 and wish his family could be together. His wife is going to north Louisiana, where their two daughters live.

Some hope the holiday season will help people in this hurricane-ravaged region reset their moral compass.

Volunteers, celebrities, churches and aid organizations are rallying to serve meals to the tens of thousands of displaced and penniless victims.

"I want to feed those who are homeless, out of work," said Heidi Bruno, a 47-year-old Slidell woman who is homeless herself. Her home still has no power, and she and her 30-year-old son have been staying with friends in New Orleans for the past month.

On the weekend after Thanksgiving, she will serve up food at her Pentecostal church. "I don't know what we'll be feeding them," she said, "but it will be hot and a blessing."

Albinas Prizgintas, a pipe organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans, said: "Despite the fact so many people have lost so much, there's a sense we have so much to be thankful for."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: katrina; katrinadamage; katrinarecovery; pity; poorpoorpitifulme; thanksgiving

1 posted on 11/23/2005 6:34:55 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend
AHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

Grim thanksgivings are 13 pound turkeys instead of 20? Driving 45 minutes to a store to get all the food you can buy? 18 friends and family coming over for a gathering?

effing AP.
2 posted on 11/23/2005 6:39:43 AM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: WestTexasWend
I won't be having turkey either...I have to work. But I paid my Insurance bill...
3 posted on 11/23/2005 6:40:44 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: WestTexasWend

The trailer the government bought me is too small to cook a 20 lb. turkey.

Just Dang!! An American tragedy.

Bush's fault.


4 posted on 11/23/2005 6:42:07 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (My exit strategy is Victory.)
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To: WestTexasWend
Sorry...I have to take care of my home state first..


5 posted on 11/23/2005 6:42:15 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: WestTexasWend
Peole in America not only have very little to cry over, they will complain about the bounty. Only a 13 LB turkey? Have to use a TV tray as a cutting board? A 45 minute drive? My wife brought home a 13 lb'r, I will use the cutting board on the coffee table so I won't miss any TV, and I drive 1 hour each way to work every day.....Oh YEAH, I go to work every day and do not need charity to survive.

If these people have to start over, why don't they move to a new city and get back to work?

There are a certain amount of people that will get caught without insurance because of a mixup, but dropping insurance with a hurricane always possible is pure stupidity.

The govt needs to quit subsidizing those that won't take care of themselves, and let them be pruned from the tree of citizenship.

6 posted on 11/23/2005 6:44:04 AM PST by jeremiah (People wake up, the water is getting hot)
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To: WestTexasWend

the recent arrest of 125 illegals working on a construction site in PA, tells me there is a possible 125 LEGAL citizen families who would have been having a better thanksgiving IF THEY HAD THOSE JOBS


I can stretch too AP


7 posted on 11/23/2005 6:46:11 AM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: WestTexasWend
"Despite the fact so many people have lost so much, there's a sense we have so much to be thankful for."

Amen.

8 posted on 11/23/2005 6:47:34 AM PST by Klatuu
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To: WestTexasWend

Whaaaaa, the AP didn't write about the Thanksgiving we had out at the old farm place. Drove 150 miles with the car full of groceries. There wasn't a stove so I had to cook the bird and everything else in a microwave. We had to chop veggies on the drain board and the jello mold melted. Ha, best Turkey Day we ever had!


9 posted on 11/23/2005 6:51:34 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: WestTexasWend

There's really something very wrong with a person who can write a story like this, unless it is meant as satire.


10 posted on 11/23/2005 6:54:49 AM PST by isrul
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To: WestTexasWend

Every year, the media bombards us with sob stories about how the homeless won't have any kind of Thanksgiving and how this is such a horrible, rotten country because we're sitting all warm and stuffed full of food in our homes watching football and we just don't care. The message, of course, is "How dare you be so uncaring as to not be deliberately miserable like us!"

Looks like the Katrina "victims" are this year's homeless. Funny how the survivors of Rita and Wilma don't seem to count.


11 posted on 11/23/2005 7:00:03 AM PST by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: isrul

It's an annual Thanksgiving tradition. Trotting out sad sack stories to point out how "evil" Republicans are.


12 posted on 11/23/2005 7:00:39 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: sure_fine
the recent arrest of 125 illegals working on a construction site in PA, tells me there is a possible 125 LEGAL citizen families who would have been having a better thanksgiving IF THEY HAD THOSE JOBS

You're assuming that those people would actually want to be trained for those 125 jobs instead of staying on the government dole. That's a big assumption.

13 posted on 11/23/2005 7:00:51 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: WestTexasWend; NautiNurse; Howlin
I wish the AP had written this story about my relatives who will be spending Thanksgiving in Florida, shacked up with friends. Their house- fully insured- in Slidell is caught in a legal battle between Fema and the insurance company. The insurance company won't pay for repairs to the house because they say it is uninhabitable. FEMA won't pay to have it torn down and declare it a disaster because they say it is habitable. Meanwhile my 70+ year old relatives are left with nothing. 5 feet of storm surge damage left everything but the roof itself destroyed. No windows, doors or electricity. By now the mold will have taken over. All personal possessions not in the attic are gone.

For many from the Gulf Coast this will indeed be a stark and lean Thanksgiving, far from home and feeling very much alone.
14 posted on 11/23/2005 7:06:19 AM PST by brothers4thID (Do you stand with us, or are you going to just stand in the way?)
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To: WestTexasWend

Surely, there are Americans far worse off than this bunch...


15 posted on 11/23/2005 7:10:18 AM PST by Iscool (Start your own revolution by voting for the candidates the media (and gov't) tells you cannot win.)
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To: All

Perhaps I've become to cynical. "I'll be eating no turkey," , what is cheaper than turkey? When I heard on the news that the feds were going to stop paying the motel bills (that, of course was postponed) I realized that we have been paying these peoples rent since long before Katrina, and will continue to do so ad nauseum. It's called a job. Get one. Or two like me.


16 posted on 11/23/2005 7:10:51 AM PST by pnut22
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To: tfecw
Inconvenient maybe, but all the more reason to give thanks - she could be in a tent like so many of them are. My house is marginally livable after 12 weeks of labor to get basic facilities together, but we will be giving thanks by having 12-15 folks to fellowship and share in the feast amongst the studs and insulation. It's about praising God for sustaining us, not carping about not having all the unnecessary luxuries.
17 posted on 11/23/2005 7:15:37 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: trebb

God Bless you this Thanksgiving.


18 posted on 11/23/2005 7:19:20 AM PST by tioga
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To: WestTexasWend
Hurricane Katrina survivors face grim Thanksgiving

Leave it to the AP to make having perished in Katrina sound better than surviving.

19 posted on 11/23/2005 7:24:35 AM PST by IamConservative (Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times will pick himself up and carry on.)
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To: WestTexasWend
kick himself for dropping insurance on his rental property before Katrina struck

Why not? If FEMA is going to meet our every need, insurance seems foolish.

Oh, and the next time disaster strikes, don't be surprised if we wait and see how much the benevolent (if constitutionally ignorant) politicians — Democrats? Republicans? Does it matter? — are giving on our behalf instead of rushing to make donations on our own. Live and learn!

20 posted on 11/23/2005 7:40:34 AM PST by newgeezer (Sarcasm content: 50.00%)
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To: CFC__VRWC

I know an old man who accumulated a $300,000 investment account by eating lunch and dinner every day at a soup kitchen run by local churches. He calls it his social life.


21 posted on 11/23/2005 7:43:51 AM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: ClaireSolt
I know an old man who accumulated a $300,000 investment account by eating lunch and dinner every day at a soup kitchen run by local churches. He calls it his social life.

That reminds me of a story I once read about a man who built a net worth of $142 million. He did it simply by riding the bus to work and carrying a sack lunch.

 

 

..... Oh, yeah. He invested in UPS in its infancy.

22 posted on 11/23/2005 8:14:07 AM PST by Semi Civil Servant
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To: WestTexasWend

"Shifter, who lives in Bay St. Louis, Miss., had to drive 45 minutes to find a Wal-Mart that survived Hurricane Katrina."

When I read this I knew the story was fabricated. Take an element of truth and then blow it totally out of proportion.


23 posted on 11/23/2005 8:16:12 AM PST by Kirkwood
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To: tfecw

Yeah. The Associated Press sounds like they are perpetuating a problem. In that sense, who's the real problem, Katrina or the AP?


24 posted on 11/23/2005 8:25:48 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: WestTexasWend
Guests will eat outside at a plastic table on her lawn, or in shifts at the kitchen table. Dinner will be served on paper plates with plastic utensils.

This isn't unusual. This has been my family's Thanksgiving routine for years. Saves lots of time for the host family.

25 posted on 11/23/2005 9:06:03 AM PST by randita
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To: WestTexasWend
----There are plenty of homeless people on the street who have been that way for a long time who do not even have a small trailer to live in. They stand in lines at missions for food on Thanksgiving day and I am sure each and every one of them have hard luck stories as well , you just never hear their stories about how they came to live on the streets. A tragedy or misfortune put them there and laziness keeps them there. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
26 posted on 11/23/2005 9:49:11 AM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man.)
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To: brothers4thID
caught in a legal battle between Fema and the insurance company.

That is terrible! Please keep us updated to their progress resolving this nasty situation.

27 posted on 11/23/2005 12:04:52 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: WestTexasWend

Boo hoo on that first story. If they're not going to be thankful that they have even that, why bother celebrating the holiday at all?


28 posted on 11/24/2005 8:01:15 PM PST by madsquirrel
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To: WestTexasWend

It's Thanksgiving day. They should be thanking God that they survived the storm. They should be thanking the government and the American taxpayers for the thousands of dollars they have received.


29 posted on 11/24/2005 8:06:18 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: dfwgator

Yep. Just like how the homeless stories have resurfaced since Bush took office.


30 posted on 11/24/2005 8:47:15 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (JOE WILSON IS A MUTHAFAKING LIAR)
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To: WasDougsLamb

People who are homeless managed to burn the bridges with everybody who wanted to help them, that's why they are there.


31 posted on 11/24/2005 8:50:51 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: WestTexasWend
Downsizing the ingredients to fit her compact oven, she will serve a 13-pound turkey instead of the usual 20-pounder.

Wow, I never imagined anyone could suffer like this in America.

32 posted on 11/24/2005 8:56:06 PM PST by Jorge (Q)
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To: ClaireSolt
I know an old man who accumulated a $300,000 investment account by eating lunch and dinner every day at a soup kitchen run by local churches.

Fattening his bank account by eating food meant for the less fortunate.
What a freakin parasite.

33 posted on 11/24/2005 8:58:45 PM PST by Jorge (Q)
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To: Jorge

Mayber, but I have been his guest more than once, and most of the attendees come to the meals in their work uniforms. There is, apparently more generosity and largesse than there is need.


34 posted on 11/25/2005 7:30:01 AM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: dfwgator

Thanks for sharing your opinion with the thread. Have a great day.


35 posted on 11/25/2005 11:55:48 AM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man.)
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To: WestTexasWend

Baloney. They ought to be thankful they have a FEMA trailer.


36 posted on 11/26/2005 3:17:12 PM PST by ViLaLuz (Stop the ACLU - Support the Public Expression of Religion Act 2005 - Call your congressmen.)
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