This weekend I am in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi with my daughter, Shelby. She is a member of the RandomKid National Taskforce on Rebuilding the Gulf. Our gathering this weekend is to bring these young social entrepreneurs together for the first time. There are kids 10-15 years old from Louisiana, Iowa, North and South Carolina, and Massachusetts. Much of their work has gone to benefit Habitat for Humanity here on the Gulf. Today we flew in, and spent the afternoon with Habitat meeting families who have received or will receive homes, and at home sites. More about them in a later post.
Tomorrow we go to New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana to see conditions there. Monday we visit a school in Gulfport and spend part of the day at a Pro-Am golf tournament benefiting Habitat. I'll say more, and post some pictures, and soon as I can. I'll also update you on conditions along to Gulf from previous postings over the past two years.
Here the kids are interviewing a family that is about to move into a Habitat for Humanity house in Gautier.
These are two Habitat houses being constructed in Biloxi. The one of the left was actually built in Somerset, Kentucky by volunteers from two Presbyterian churches there. Then boxed up, and shipped in a WalMart truck to the Gulf coast. This is increasingly going to be the pattern of construction. Build locally, ship it to the Gulf.
In the afternoon, the kids did some landscaping at a completed Habitat house. Because their ages are 10-15, they are not permitted by Habitat rules to actually do construction work. So, they did some landscaping. Later, a reporter from WLOX in Biloxi came and interviewed some of them for the evening news.
Lastly, the kids of RandomKid are committed to raising $75,000 for Habitat's efforts on the Gulf. The picture on the left is a presentation to Kent Adcock, head of the Habitat operation along the Mississippi Gulf Coast of RandomKid's commitment to Habitat.
One of the ways that RandomKid raises money is through the sale of these house-shaped key chains. You can order them through the RandomKid online store here.
More pictures and stories to come. Stay tuned.
Day 2 is in New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana.