By: Hanna, University of New Hampshire at Durham
I was fortunate in my adolescence to be given the opportunity to travel to Louisiana four consecutive years during my February school vacation. What began as a community service project with my church to a rural fishing community devastated first by Hurricane Rita then by Hurricane Ike, became a yearly pilgrimage. Each year we returned to the community and were greeted and welcomed like family. Friendships and bonds were fostered and developed that will last a lifetime. Several families and couples we built houses for have even traveled to New Hampshire to visit.