Anna Kournikova's Katrina Mission

12/30/2005 at 12:00 PM EST

Anna Kournikova's Katrina Mission
Kournikova handed out toys and candy to children affected by Hurricane Katrina. "It was so heartwarming to see the innocence in their eyes despite what they had been through," she wrote.
Nicole Lacour Young /Boys & Girls Clubs Of America
Tennis star Anna Kournikova, 24, visited Hurricane Katrina victims in Biloxi, Miss., last month on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She shared a portion of her trip diary with PEOPLE.

It has only been a few months since Katrina and the devastation is still everywhere you look. It is hard to believe that the next hurricane season starts in only six months.

My first stop was the Forest Heights (Boys & Girls) Club in Gulfport. This club was not completely destroyed, although by the looks of it you would never know. The only thing left was the outside walls, a few support beams and a couple of toilets.

As I walked down a narrow path I was haunted by all of the things I had seen. A young boy’s football helmet with the name "Caleb" on it, a wooden train, a doll. It was truly heartbreaking.

Mississippi seems to have been lost in all of the chaos surrounding New Orleans, but I can tell you that the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have not lost their spirit. They have rallied around each other to bring back their communities stronger than ever.


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