COLUMBUS, Miss. (BP)--The racks above the bus seats held oxygen tanks, bandages and bottles of water, instead of luggage. IV bags dangled from twisted wire hangers above the heads of passengers.
The two Fairview Baptist Church buses, from Columbus Miss., carried a load like never before.
Two days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Tommy Gillon, minister of senior adults at Fairview, agreed to drive a church bus down to Biloxi to pick up eight nursing home residents who were stranded in a personal care home just north of the coastal city.
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Nursing home residents with IVs and other medical necessities make their way from the Biloxi area northward to Columbus, Miss., aboard a bus sent by Fairview Baptist Church. Photo by Tommy Gillam/Fairview Baptist Church
“My mother is in Home Place nursing home here in Columbus and they called me to see if I could transport eight people from the coast back to their facility,” Gillon recounted. “They had beds open and were willing to take these residents, but needed transportation.”
Knowing that he would need to be self-supporting traveling into the area with no electricity and no water, Gillon started making arrangements for other volunteers as well as for transporting fuel and water. When he called Home Place to let them know plans were in place, he discovered the numbers had changed -– quite a bit. Read More