Sept. 30, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW family helps fulfill wish lists for children of
Hurricane Katrina evacuees
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Christmas came a little early for
about 30 children of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees who
are currently housed at Mississippi University for
Items including bicycles, games, school supplies,
clothing and a baby car seat were recently distributed
to the children ranging in age from infant to 17 years
The wish lists started from the relief effort in the old
Office of Community Living, according to Iika McCarter,
diversity education and programs coordinator, who said
essential items were distributed to the evacuees when
they first arrived on campus.
“As time passed on there were various activities planned
to help occupy the families’ time,” she said. “We wanted
to give the children an opportunity to ask for items
that they really wanted—items that they probably would
have had or played with if they were still at home.”
Some of the children asked for something as simple as a
jump rope or baby doll, she noted.
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and individuals in the
community all contributed to the cause.
“The generosity has been overwhelming,” McCarter said.
“It was a joy to see the children’s faces light up.”
McCarter said she hopes to do the wish lists again at a