Looking Back On Katrina

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli
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August 29, 2006

The days following Katrina had Central Virginians asking, 'What can we do to help?'

The generosity started with the youth. You may remember the school bus, where students raised $100 in pennies, or a yard Sale at Burnley-Moran collecting $1,300, or perhaps an 8-year-old girl who sold lemonade.

"I feel bad they way that they have to walk in the dome and do all that stuff in front of people," said Kaitlin Kavanaugh on September 9, 2005.

Or maybe this 6th grader who filled a truck with donations.

"A lot of people came out to help pack up the stuff. They just started coming in and setting up and saying, 'Can I help? What can I do?' It was nice," said Dakotah Spencer on September 5, 2005.

There were the true Charlottesville groups. John Grisham donated $5 million to start the Rebuild The Coast Fund, which gave about $8 million to victims.

UVA stepped up, not only accepting displaced students, but also raising thousands of dollars.

Local businesses sent supplies like the bus, Starlight Express, which adopted a small town in Mississippi.

Hair Salons held cut-a-thons; musicians held rock benefits. But in the end, this community sent millions of dollars to help displaced victims.


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