City of Abbeville and Greenbush Logistics Respond to Meet Hurricane Victims' Needs

Dec. 28, 2005

ABBEVILLE, Ala. - The devastation and destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina this past August is something that will be hard to forget. The citizens of New Orleans, Biloxi and other towns along the Gulf Coast will live with the reminders of the disaster for many years to come. But Greenbush Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc., has teamed up with the City of Abbeville to reach out a helping hand.

"When I saw those images on TV after Katrina came through, I just couldn't fathom the loss," said Greenbush Logistics Vice President of Logistics Kevin Savoy. "And then you add to it Hurricane Rita coming through right behind Katrina, it was like a one-two punch."

After having some conversations with Bob White, the general manager at Great Southern Wood's treating plant in Mobile, about how the company could get involved in the relief effort, Savoy got in touch with Paul Dufrene. The owner of Dufrene Building Materials in Cut Off, Louisiana, Dufrene is also in charge of recovery efforts for Jefferson Parish.

"After talking with Paul, we decided to pull together some clothes for the citizens of that area," said Savoy. "I called our friends at AAA Cooper in Dothan, and they were more than willing to donate a trailer for us to ship the clothes in. With Christmas right around the corner, I know these clothes will really be appreciated. I think they'll make someone's Christmas a little brighter this year."

The shipment of clothes, collected and loaded by the City of Abbeville, will arrive in the small town of Grand Isle, Louisiana, in time for a celebration with the governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco.

Grand Isle is a small fishing village located 45 miles south of New Orleans with a population of approximately 1,500. With tourism serving as a major source of income for the community, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had a huge impact on the city's economy.

"For a town that is roughly the same size as Abbeville, the economic impact of these storms is huge," said Mayor Rhett Taylor. "It will be a while before they get their feet back under them again financially. I'm really proud to have the City of Abbeville's name associated with a project like this."

"The spirit of the Christmas is about giving," concluded Savoy. "This is certainly one of those occasions that proves it is better to give than to receive."