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Vicki Wilkins and the Blanket Brigade

Story posted May 10, 2006

Some notes from Alan:

Although living in North Carolina, Vicki Wilkins was literally brought to her knees by the storm we know as Katrina. To this day, she is still trying to come to terms with what happened to her home town and the objects of her memories. It is her desire to document Hancock County’s disaster so that it will never be forgotten. Her new grandson, Christopher Lee Lamm, has been born now, and she will have a DVD collection to pass on to him and others. This so they will know what can happen over night… and how so many wonderful people worked together, from afar, to put it all back together.

I commented to Vicki about this DVD effort >> "Calidoll that is a wonderful idea. But I fear there will be some sobbing on the tape. Be strong!!!

To which she replied >> " I know...but it is what I have to do for me. I have to find a way to "let go" for I find that I am allowing this all to consume my life. I cry about it all the time, I can't think of anything else....every day there are times I just stop and think "what about....." "I wonder if that is still there" " I wonder if he/she made it out ok" It is to the point that it is affecting everything about me. I have to find a way to make the Blanket Brigade self sufficient so I can step back a bit. I need to step back and "manage" things happening and stop trying to make each and every little thing happen."

Vicki turned her desperation into trying to find a way to help out the situation. Her story is spread all over the Sun Herald Katrina Forum, in countless posts of inspiration, sorrow and tears, and laughter. The Blanket Brigade became one of the marching themes for this long road to recovery. She, as many of us, will stay the course to bring Mississippi back from the disaster imposed by Katrina. We are grateful to Vicki and have her story pulled together to share with all of you. Thank you Vicki!!!!

Quote: "I feel I am only doing my part at taking care of the community where I grew up. I grew up in BSL and that is the way we did things....we took care of each other. Sometimes I have to step back and SEE what I am accomplishing so that I realize that I am making a difference. We have gotten over 100 blankets in to Hancock County. There are about 200 sitting in Houston, TX waiting for arrangements to get them transported to Hancock County."

And now her story……….

Vicki Wilkins - Below is MY story, it explains how the blanket brigade became to be.

August 27, 2005

August 28, 2005

August 29, 2005

August 30, 2005

August 31, 2005

September 1, 2005

September 2, 2005

September 3, 2005

September 4, 2005

September 5, 2005

Dates start to mix now - Oct 3

During the next 4 days we did a few things

Oct 8 I am up early as I have to head back to NC and it is a sad morning. Being the obsessive person that I am, I can not help but do *something* to help so I continue with the blanket collection (logic that winter will come and people will be cold) and a lady on the Sun Herald board (RichmondVA) made comment about me having a blanket brigade. Thus began the "official" Blanket Brigade and I started http://blanketbrigade4bsl.tripod.com website

May 24, 2006 I will again leave NC to head to MS, but this time for a longer say. I plan on heading back on June 3, 2006. That will give me 9 days to do all I can do to help my family, friends and surrounding area. Others will be there too, as this is now a planned event. I hope to take many pictures and many videos that we will share with our children and grandchildren later in life so they will understand what it is to give of yourself just to make a difference.