Dealing with Disaster - Franklin helps Franklin

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Friday, November 18 2005 Nov 18, 2005 Friday, November 18, 2005 3:14:03 PM CST November 18, 2005 in News

The floods brought volunteers from Louisiana up in 1993 and the hurricanes prompted volunteers from Missouri to take supplies down this year.

One school supply at a time. The big vehicles at New Franklin Elementary looked different in '93. A truck full of supplies from Franklin, Louisiana. For flood victims, among the debris, this is the start of our trip from New Franklin, Missouri to Franklin, Louisiana.

This year, New Franklin Elementary principal Vikki Brent and her kids returned the favor.

"It's always a good feeling to give. Especially more so after you have received," Brent said.

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the kids all immediately wanted to know what they could do. So the kids from New Franklin Elementary piled school supplies into their principal's trailer to help kids in Franklin, Louisiana.

At least every kid in elementary brought at least something for them.

"I gave a backpack for the school, 4th grader Alex Holem said.

It was a school supply Alex Holem had no trouble giving up. 

"So they could have something to use. Because they didn't have anything. All of their stuff got destroyed," Alex said.

Profound words from a little boy whose family knows the emptiness of disaster.

"I know that my grandma's houses got destroyed," Alex said.

In 1993, Alex's great grandmother stood outside her house. As three volunteers from Franklin, Louisiana helped her clean up.

12 years later, she's happy to see Alex giving back to people in the town that meant so much to her. (Peggy heyingAlex holem's great grandmother)

She hopes he lears... "To be giving. And have feeling for the other person that has nothing, absolutely nothing, Peggy Heying said.

The Lakeview neighborhood from New Orleans used to be home for Deja Fernandez. Now she feels right at home in Franklin, Louisiana.

"We didn't have anything. We were displaced," explained Deja's mom Shannon Fernandez-Blatcher. "We're looking at facing Christmas and the holidays in a place where we've never been before."

That place, Franklin sat right between the paths of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Aside from losing a few houses, the city had only minor damage. But it served as an evacuation point for more than 1000 families from New Orleans. That's why school supplies from kids like Alex Holem came in handy.

Although we couldn't find Alex's backpack in Franklin, Louisiana, we could find some other school supplies from Franklin and New Franklin, Missouri at LaGrange Elementary.

Deja's pink backpack is full of Missouri supplies. New Franklin, Missouri sent down backpacks filled with stuff like pencils, paper and notebooks. Things Deja's mom didn't think to pack.

"The things that they brought. I mean they were right on target in terms of supporting our kids," LaGrange Elementary School principal Ronald Hawkins says nearly 150 kids from New Orleans like Deja are still using those Missouri supplies.

When that support comes from towns that return a favor, it's wonderful to see that reciprocated back. And that's what human nature should be like. Looking out for one another.," Hawkins said.

"we only packed for two days when Katrina hit, we never thought we would be away from home for this long," said Fernandez-Blatcher.

Alex Holem and his friends now know a little giving goes a long way.

"If nobody sent anything down. They wouldn't have anything. I mean, it would be a really hard life to live for a while," said Holem. "I've learned that Franklin, Louisiana is a lot like us."

You ask what's in a name? It's a new generation of generosity.

"We were one story of many stories of people that wanted to give to keep our country strong and take care of our own people."

And in the true spirit of taking care of neighbors. Each of the people we talked to in Franklin, Louisiana said they'd gladly come back if another flood hit the two Missouri towns again.

More News

Grid
List
Chesterfield, MO - Nearly two weeks after a shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen students and teachers, students... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:18:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some veterans living in or near the Truman VA clinic often have to make the drive to... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:07:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Ameren Missouri proposed an incentive program to install more charging stations for electric cars across Missouri. The program,... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:28:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. CHARLES - The man accused in the death of trooper James Bava is facing lowered charges as his second... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department spent the morning investigating a possible threat against Columbia Public Schools. The post... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:27:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mary Ratliff grew up in the small community of Ripley, Mississipi. It is a community where she said... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:52:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
UPDATE COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools sent out a release Friday afternoon to the families of CPS, clarifying... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 1:46:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has never removed a governor through impeachment. But after Gov. Eric Greitens' felony indictment yesterday, some... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:55:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
REPUBLIC (AP) — Police have seized five guns and two books from a 13-year-old boy officers allege had threatened... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:46 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The indictment alleged... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:39:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
BELLAFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (AP) — Police have found three dead in what officers suspect is a murder-suicide in a St.... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 12:34:52 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Seven people have been indicted in a Kansas City drug-trafficking conspiracy that included two... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:24:18 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens will step down from the Republican Governors Association's executive committee amid backlash from... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:12:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:34:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - The Pantry is offering people a chance to donate food and help the community on Friday. The... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:49:00 AM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his proposal to arm teachers. KOMU 8 asked educators and other mid-Missourians... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:50:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in Top Stories
FULTON - The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is requesting a more than $9,000 grant from the Missouri Department of... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:20:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For those who watch the winter Olympics and think "I could do that", there is an opportunity... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:02:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
2am 36°
3am 36°
4am 36°
5am 36°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:00a
2018 Olympic Winter Games
3:00a
Inside Edition
3:30a
Paid Program
1:30a
Page Six TV
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld