While many people spent their spring breaks basking in the sun, Carmel resident Laurie Anderson and her daughter, Hannah, headed to Natchez, MS along with other volunteers from Central Christian Church to help those less fortunate.
I grew up in Evansville IN and went to Purdue University where I met my husband, John. We have been married 19 years. We lived in Fishers, spent about four years away living in St. Joseph, MI & Austin, TX (where our daughter Hannah was born) before moving back to Carmel in 1997. Hannah is 14 and Luke is 10. I have a degree in Interior Design, but choose to stay home to be my kids' Mom. Still deciding what I want to do when I grow up!
2) How do you like to spend your spare time?
I love reading, gardening, photography & anything related to travel.
3) You and you daughter did something special over spring break. Please tell us about your experience and what you learned from it.
Hannah and I went to Natchez, MS along with 15 other people from our church in Carmel, Central Christian. About 40,000 people evacuated to Natchez after Hurricane Katrina and about 15,000 still remain. The city is still dealing with the economic impact of integrating so many people. We were housed in a church that was used as a Red Cross shelter after Katrina. As is often the case, children are the innocent victims in catastrophes. So we worked with several private organizations that offer help to children. The Natchez Children's Home Services, The Sunshine Shelter and Kyle's Home. These places all offer help and housing to at-risk children including family counseling, day care programs, and placement with foster families. We helped with various needs including painting, yard work, cleaning, and just playing with and loving the kids! We also worked with The Stew Pot, where we helped serve lunch to hundreds of poor people every day.
4) What are your top three favorite stores and/or restaurants in Carmel?
I love Mexican food & Hacienda is great. I am a bargain shopper, so I am a regular at Carmel Consignment & Home Goods.
5) What is your favorite guilty pleasure song? You know, the one that you sing as loud as you can when it comes on the radio or your iPod.
I have a lot of guilty pleasure songs. One would be "All Jacked Up" by Gretchen Wilson.
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