Kathy Everard and her Granddaughter
Kathy Everard and her granddaughter were left homeless after a tornado and 38-foot storm surge—the effects of Hurricane Katrina—virtually washed away their community of roughly 6,500 people. They sat trapped in a small FEMA trailer next to a pile of rubble that was formerly their 3,000 square foot home. The Everards’ days were consumed dealing with the red tape of insurance companies, making their rebuilding process tenuous. To make their lives easier in the moment, what they wanted most was a washer/dryer.
The New York Says Thank You Foundation volunteers raised $4,000 in one hour by collecting $10 donations from people around the country to help the Everards. Partnering with Architecture of Humanity and with the help of design plans from students at the University of Minnesota, volunteers erected an energy and storage efficient laundry facility for the family.