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On The 11th Anniversary Of Katrina, New Orleans Is Paying It Forward In Baton Rouge

“What I’ve learned about relief work is you just show up. You don’t have to be anyone special”

When New Orleans resident John Calhoun evacuated for Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005, he left home with a couple of changes of clothes and fifty bucks in a small backpack. “I packed for an evacuation, not a disaster,” says the 42-year-old benefits auctioneer. Six weeks later, when he returned to his flooded Mid-City home, Calhoun managed to salvage a few of his belongings—but volunteers did the hard work of mucking out his home.

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