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Friday, September 09, 2005
By MATTHEW LANE
When Hurricane Katrina hit the
Over the Labor Day weekend, Koder said he decided to do more to help the people of
"We did hygiene bags for the church, and I looked at my wife and said that's not enough. We've got to do more," Koder said. "I told her that I wanted to take a truck of supplies to
Koder returned to work on Tuesday and began making calls and pulling people together to make his idea a reality - to send a truckload of supplies to the people of
Koder said a couple of local developers stepped forward and secured a 26-foot U-Haul truck for him, which can hold 10 tons of material. The city of
"The response has been overwhelming," Koder said.
Koder said he intends to leave
"We're coming right back the next day," he said. "They don't need additional bodies down there right now."
Anyone wanting to donate items to Koder can contact him at 229-9486. The truck will also be parked at
"I'm hoping I can fill that truck to the top," he said.
Koder said the items he is taking to the people of
"There's been a lot of requests to give building materials. I've been told they're not to that stage yet, that they're still in survival mode," Koder said. "There's no water and sewer and limited power. In talking with a building official down there and one of the members of the police department - they're still in survival mode."
Before the hurricane made landfall last Monday, Koder said his mother and sister's family managed to get out of
"My brother-in-law said it is like a war zone down there. He said it's the worst thing to ever happen - total devastation," Koder said. "Because of the high water in
Koder said he lived through Hurricanes Betsy and Camille and others of varying sizes, but nothing the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina.
"I feel for those people," he said. "It's one of those things where we kept wondering, when we were watching this thing on TV, when were they going to talk about the