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Disaster Rebuilding in Hattiesburg 10-28-17


Tomorrow we will dress up our Ford Flex for Trunk or Treat at the church.   Last Saturday Carolyn sewed with some of the ladies at the church, making dresses for girls in Honduras.  The dresses start out with a t-shirt.  Then we gather a larger “tube” of material, hem it, gather it, and sew it to the t-shirt.  It was amazing how cute the dresses came out. 

Our work has been progressing at each house.  At Miss Sandra’s and Mr. Nate’s house, we have finished the floors in the bedroom and worked on the outside, wrapping exposed areas and window and door casings with metal.  All of the painting is complete—interior and exterior.  The vanity is almost ready for use.  Hopefully, we will finish this house next week.  Carol, Jo, and Sue have become very competent at bending the metal.  Mary, Gene F., Art, and Gene C. have worked on applying it to the house exterior.  Some challenges have been faced and conquered with getting the metal under the supporting 4x4’s. 

At Miss Dorothy’s house Mary Ann is working on cutting and putting up window trim and  Carolyn and Sue are painting.  Darryl, our construction manager, brought over materials for Sue to put the textured finish on the remaining walls.  Carolyn and Mary Ann were able to finish patching the walls.  Hopefully we will have electricity on Monday.  The generator is really loud!  Sue painted some of the ceilings with primer.  Two of the bedrooms are ready for the flooring.  Miss Dorothy came over again on Thursday and we met her son, Doug.  He plans to come help us sometime next week. 

We celebrated with Art and Jo on Thursday at a fantastic barbecue restaurantat and said good-bye to them today.  Have a great week.

Carolyn and Gene Freeman, team leaders in Hattiesburg