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Julie traveled from New Mexico to Baton Rouge with a horse trailer full of supplies to help animals left stranded by the storm. Upon arriving, she got to work building pens for stray dogs. Then, someone suggested she help out in another remarkable way.

Despite the devastation, Julie rose to the challenge by bringing joy back into the lives of children housed in Red Cross shelters. She set up tutoring programs, put on a talent show, set up daycare services and planned movie nights for Katrina's youngest victims.

"Going down there changed every aspect of my life," Julie says. "I realized I don't need much. I saw people there that woke up every morning and smiled and laughed and had nothing. They had lost members of their family, and they still woke up and were kind to people, and it just made me re-evaluate what a bad day is in my life."
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FROM: Oprah's Favorite Things 2005
Published on November 21, 2005

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