Fifty college students from the all over the country spent winter break in New Orleans helping the city recover from Katrina. These students, hosted by Chabad Lubavitch (just off of Tulane's campus), hail from Columbia, USC, Univ. of Washington, Harvard, Brown, SUNY, and 25 other colleges and universities. They worked on the Chabad building and school, a New Orleans public school, and New Orleans Habitat's Dufossat Street home, now under construction and sponsored by the New Orleans Hornets NBA basketball organization.
The article says of these special folks' Habitat experience:
The relief group got a sense of how helpful Chabad is to the wider community when they spent the day building with Habitat for Humanity. “I am flying away in four days but the work I am doing this week will have an impact that far surpasses any dollar amount I could have mailed,” wrote Avi Zellman in an online blog. Students who had only picked up a hammer to hang up pictures drove nails into the frames of two-by-fours. The home Chabad’s student group worked on was the first one built by Habitat in New Orleans after Katrina.
Thanks, guys, and God Bless You for giving up a portion of your holiday break to help New Orleans rebuild!