(September 9, 2005)
On Sept. 9, 2005 Pilot Jim Moore based in Baytown who is one of the Pilots for the Houston Ground Angels/Pilot program, gathered up items such as baby food, personal items for adults, diapers, baby bottles, formula, canned soups and headed on faith to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The items taken on this flight were furnished by Jim and the Shell Employees at the Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park Texas (Doc Henley, Mike Tucker, Ed VanLoo, Mary Pritchard, Robert McKinley, Leon Tittle, John Knoerzer, Brenda Menard, Dale Manley, Jay Sargent, Jose Martinez)
He gave of his time and money to make this humanitarian flight because in Mississippi the help and food that these evacuees need has been slow in coming. The concentration of the help appears to be focused toward New Orleans La., but there are families that have been totally wiped out of their homes as well as vehicles in Mississippi also.
The items were taken to www.actshelp.org who receives, what is called 100% in and 100% out. Regardless of the financial situation of the people who come to ACTS, all are helped. ACTS feeds about 45,000 people per week. These are mainly folks from Florida, who have gone thru all those horrible hurricanes and they have learned what is needed is help within 24 hours and not 3 or 4 days from the time of the disaster.
As Jim was heard saying, “what ever he could do no matter how small or how big every item is so appreciated”.
While Jim was there he was taken to the camp where the folks were resting. They were being reassured that they will get meals every day. Volunteers who came there to help keep everyone’s spirits up were loading cars as they filed thru the storage area. The focus being stressed by these volunteers was on the fact that this will surely end, and the people will be able to return to their homes whether flooded or no longer there, knowing that someone helped lend a hand and they can rebuild their lives. Their hearts and stomachs are being taken care of and all the other will fall in place with Gods hand leading the whole way.
Jim Moore is one of those special pilots who took on himself to step up to the plate and give of his time and plane to be of assistance in this time of need.
If you are anyone else would be interested in giving, go to this site and let us know. We will surely take over all items donated.