Pascagoula Persevering with Columbia's Help
In December of 2005, nearly 3 months after Katrina, Columbia formally adopted Pascagoula through an arrangement with the National Council of Mayors.
"They sent us this extensive list of what they could use. We aren't really in a position to do too much with that," said Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman.
So, the Columbia City Council asked individuals to donate money and resources, but has received only about $3,000 so far.
"By the time that came, a lot of other citizen efforts had taken place and things had begun to get back to normal, I guess you might say, in people's daily lives," Hindman explained. "Katrina was a little more remote."
More than 8,000 of Pascagoula's 36,000 residents still live in mobile homes provided by the federal government. Hickson, whose house is only half rebuilt, appreciates the help the town has received.
"It was absolutely overwhelming that people just showed up," she said, "to help clean, to bring food, and supplies and things."
Pascagoula is housing volunteers in an old, converted gym. If you want to volunteer, call 1-228-712-2669. To donate money to Pascagoula through the city of Columbia, call 1-573-874-7220.