Nominees: Mary Parten, Joan Clay, June Watsen, Annie (Gladys) Bohannon, Joyce Hyatt and Peggy Lewis
In September 2005, the Mississippi Conference recognized the need to set up a disaster response center to handle the hundreds of phone calls and e-mails offering help to the
All the center needed to begin operations was a staff to work the phones, answer questions and help connect those who wanted to help with those who needed the help. Many persons from the Meridian area volunteered their time and gifts to help in the effort, and the
Volunteers from around the country, as well as from the
Mary Parten, Joan Clay, June Watsen, Annie (Gladys) Bohannon, Joyce Hyatt and Peggy Lewis answered the request for help to man the call center. Two years later they continue to come into the center faithfully to answer phones and help schedule volunteers.
Each week the women meet the commitment, without pay or even recognition, simply glad to do their part to help those impacted and continuing to suffer due to Katrina.