Wednesday, March 05, 2008

FInal Blog entry from the Gassville Crew

While they have some pictures to upload, this is their final blog entry
March 4, 2008

Well, everyone made it safely back to St. Bonaventure.
The journey was long but well worth it. We'd like to
say thank you to everyone that made our spring break
the best ever. Frankly, none of us knew what to expect
when we first arrived in Gassville. We got there late
at night and none of us had ever seen tornado damage
before. It was quite an eye opener. Gassville has many
great benefits, such as the food and especially the
people. The families from Riverside Church of Christ
know how to cook! We ate like kings and queens everyday
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thank you everyone
that helped make that possible. I'd hate to have to judge
but I might give the first place meal to the Tuesday
night dinner, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, pulled pork,
chicken spaghetti, mixed fresh greens and salad. I heard
the desserts were amazing as well, but I had no room
left. The other meals included a full thanksgiving
dinner, homemade beef stew, and sausage gumbo. Some of the
best food we've ever had. Thank you so much!

Thank you to Bill and Beca for allowing us to work
with Hands On Disaster Response. We learned a lot,
especially how important it is to support the people both
physically and mentally by listening to their stories.

Thank you to Gary and Paula Flippin for letting us
stay two free nights at their lodge, Rim Shoals
(, on the White River. The countryside was
beautiful on the River and the change of scenery was
particularly nice. The best perk was our ability to trade
in our air mattresses for real comfortable beds at
the cabin. Thanks again.

We all agreed that overall our trip was perfect
because the people in Gassville made it that way. They
really are the nicest people in the world. It was mind
blowing to all of us how friendly, caring, and supportive
the people in that tight nit community truly are. We
enjoyed hearing their stories.

Finally, Thank you BonaResponds for giving us this
wonderful opportunity and allowing us to venture on our own
through this amazing journey. We all had so much fun
and helped a lot of people at the same time.

Thank you from,
Tyler Drysdale
Mackenzie Edel
Tessa Ocke
Tim Ryan
Ryan Steele
Mike Vieyra
Jared Young
And on behalf of BonaResponds, let me offer you our thanks for a job well done!

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