|After hurricane Katrina destroyed the Gulf Coast, PigMaster Davis North thought it would be a good thing if we loaded up the Pig-Rig with water, diapers, food and other supplies and drove down into the hurricanes aftermath to help out. While sitting at the bar in Pastabilities Restaurant, with Kevin and Brooks, he laid out his idea. Before they left that evening, restaurant patrons, overhearing their conversation, had donated over one thousand dollars toward buying supplies for Katrina victims. Other donations came in and it seem that everyone in Greensboro wanted to help out. North, Kevin, and Wayland headed out a few days later with the Pig-Rig, packed to the hilt. No one knew how far into the destruction they would be able to go, but that seemed inconsequential.
As was soon to be shown on national television, the early reports that everything was under control and that the people were getting help, were mistaken. The PigMasters got as far as Biloxi, Mississippi and decided the folks there needed help more than anyone they had ever seen. So, they handed out their goods, and wished they could have brought more. Then, they pulled out the grill and cooked for 1500 National Guardsmen who were there assisting with search and rescue.
Those National Guardsmen had been eating only MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat) and they were starving for some real food. The good soldiers, that they were, formed a line that went out-of-sight as they patiently waited to be served. It seemed like any one of the PigMasters could have been elected to office that day, but instead they came back home completely exhausted and telling about their journey. Mostly, they talked about the magnitude of the destruction and how great it felt to have been able to have helped some people and about how personally rewarding the trip had been.
They made us all proud.