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-- Special edition --

December 17, 2005

Post-Katrina breaking point

By Samantha Perez

Samantha Perez

By Michel Lee/ The Tattoo

By Justin Skaradosky/ The Tattoo

Ponchatoula, LA - Nov. 6, 2005

(Excerpt) ... What made the trip nice was driving on the interstate with Pat Benatar on the way to Southeastern and Blondie on the way back. There was lots of singing involved on my part, there and back. It was rather pleasant to be alone and silly once again.

I came back to the camper, and the men were gone. Dad was there now, and I saw Mom step out of our first camper, an armful of clothes in her hand. She was red and blotchy in the face, and the happiness from having a double dosage of Blondie and Pat quickly disappeared.

“This is your camper now, Sam!” She was yelling hysterically.

By this point in my adventure, I have developed a very keen sixth sense to know when a day is going to be good or bad, depending on her mood. That afternoon, my newfound sense was obviously telling me, was going to be pretty crappy.

In the end, I was right. Really, my accuracy is uncanny.  To read more, click on 'Tired, stressed and homeless' link here

(This printed edition contains a journal entry called 'Happiness and snow')

Starting the day after Hurricane Katrina stormed across the Gulf Coast, killing thousands and chasing millions from their homes, 17-year-old Samantha Perez began to tell her heartbreaking story. This is the ninth printed installment, containing her 18th and 19th diary entries. To read all of Perez's work, including later  entries, follow link. 

To contact Perez, please send an email to The Tattoo

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American Red Cross
800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
800-257-7575 Spanish

America's Second Harvest




Donate and Volunteer:

Adventist Community Services

Catholic Charities, USA

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army
800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief

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