Mitch Smith's Experiences at Camp Coast Care, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Long Beach, Mississippi with a good friend Dr. Patrick Bolt. Once there I was able to volunteer with Episcopal Relief and Development. It was an awesome experience filled with a wide range of emotions. I am pleased to be able to write this letter knowing that ERD is confidently moving towards a long term plan of action which will benefit the people of the Gulf Coast. I worked specifically with Coast Episcopal School and Rev. David Knight a graduate of Seabury Western and personal friend. My responsibilities included the organization of mobile aid units which traveled into the communities helping the elderly waterproof their damaged homes. I also helped with salvaging personal items from homes that were beyond repair. My secondary responsibilities included helping unload supply trucks and organize goods so that they could be effectively and equally distributed. Dr. Bolt worked with me on these things and helped in the sights fully functional clinic. Coast Episcopal School was serving 3,000 people a day by giving out free water, food, pampers, clothes, personal items, cleaning supplies and many other things. Furthermore its clinic based out of a school gym is serving 300 patients a day and is equipped with a full pharmacy and mental health center. I am pleased to be able to write this knowing full well that the volunteers at Coast Episcopal School and with ERD are doing a lot of good. Their faithful work is a living testament and incarnation of Christ's love. I looked at my time there as a link in a wider network of volunteers and would encourage anyone to look into opportunities where they could help in these relief efforts.
Candidate for Holy Orders
Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
For more information about Camp Coast Care at Coast Episcopal School, go to their website at http://www.dioms.org/coastcare.htm .