Students from Centenary College and Drew University visited and worked with the St. Bernard Project recently. This article in the Morristown, N.J., Daily Record, tells the story of their experience gutting houses for homeowners in St. Bernard Parish and nearby in the Lower and Upper 9th Wards. If you want to get a feel for the task that faces us in NOLA, It is definitely worth your time to read this article, but be warned, a lump in your throat awaits.
A difficult aspect of the cleanup was tossing piles of the waterlogged personal items that crews came across into the debris -- photographs, drawings, books, toys. Marsh said that for her, as a mother, tossing out the drawings by small children was hardest. "Even if they were damaged, I would want them," she said.
Alicia Miller said that, for her, the hardest home to clear was one in which the owner has stored a huge collection of photographs, album after album of family members, parties and other occasions. None could be saved, she said.