BestofNewOrleans.com posted an article on the reactions of the people of New Orleans to what the JJJ09 youth brought there. An excerpt:
We’re humbled. Humbled at their generosity. Humbled at the sight of so many young people traveling so far to do so much hard work during their summer vacation. Humbled that the “Katrina fatigue” felt by so many Americans was replaced, for a few days, with an enthusiasm even some of us find hard to muster some days. Regardless of your faith, or lack thereof, these excited young volunteers were an inspiration, and just one of them accomplished more good than all the preachers and politicians in the world who saw Katrina as either perverse justice or crass opportunity.
Here’s the full article.
(Thanks to Carrie Draeger for bringing this to my attention!)