Now Leon County leaders are thanking the community and talking about all the ways people are helping. Delaine Jones and her brother are among the hundreds of displaced families who wait in Tallahassee for the word on when they can finally go home.
They lost everything to Hurricane Katrina, including her brother's motorized wheelchair.
Delaine Jones says, "Everywhere we go, somebody's trying to help us, praying for us, giving donations, and we appreciate what the Red Cross and the citizens have done for us."
They say sometimes it helps to put a face with the name.
Jonna Parchert, who evacuated from Biloxi, MS, says, "It's been awesome. I don't know what we would've done without the Red Cross and the people of this community."
Leon County leaders are also stepping in to help. Local law enforcement sent their people west to assist in recover, and the school system has opened its doors to 50 displaced students.
Alisha Nelson's kids are among them.
Alisha says, "It brings tears because when you lose everything overnight, it's a traumatic experience and having to put your children in another school, all that takes a while."
This will be a long-term recovery effort. Leon County leaders have committed their efforts and thank those of you who have committed yours.
Mayor Marks announced several upcoming fundraising events:
Two hurricane relief concerts at The Moon, Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature local bands. A $20 donation is the get-in price.
On Sunday, the city puts on the "Tallahassee Cares" event at Kleman Plaza from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.