Soapmaking with a Cause – A Passionate Soapmaker’s Story
We are all familiar with the New Orleans flood but Kay Rose and her daughter, Abbey, have taken it personally. Still rebuilding and tearing down many homes, Abbey’s mission group was there right after Katrina hit. Experience came from their mission team helping build houses in Appalachia and Pedros Negros, Mexico similar to the Habitat for Humanity.
Upon arrival, the greatest need was food, clothing, and everyday supplies. They partially renovated a school enough to house volunteers and supplies. Next was the VERY hard work of clearing debris in the homes followed by gutting them. Kay and her husband along with a group from their church were right there helping. She said, “It was so sad to go into a home (like yours and mine) with a shovel removing debris as you went. Everything was covered with mud and oil and had heaped and dried that way. You saw children’s toys, family pictures and Bibles. There were rats, snakes, lizards, and huge cockroaches that surfaced as you tore out the walls and ceilings to the rafters and studs. Once in a while we would find something partially intact… a cross on the wall untouched. Special masks and gloves had to be worn. Hats should have been a requirement and I didn’t think of that until the cockroaches rained into my hair one day. Uck!”