My name is Stormy, and I am a nine-year employee of the Mazatzal Casino. Many of you may know me from my name or all the costumes that I wear on holidays to make you laugh or smile. I have so much fun working there, but I have a story to tell you that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.
I have two friends, Barb and Bob, who used to work at the casino, and they moved to Gulfport, Miss. Barb is like a sister to me and I hated to see her go, but they both wanted to be near family, so I was happy for them. Then Hurricane Katrina hit -- 12 hours of 209 m.p.h. winds -- plus tornados that touched down and wrecked and devastated all that was around.
Barb, Bob and family evacuated to a small community town outside of Gulfport. They were at a school, and this small country community, country folk, took care of and fed all the evacuees at the shelter. Barb said these people were so wonderful to them. This is the true American Spirit. Then 18-wheelers started coming in from all over the United States. Barb asked two of them where they were from. They said Arizona, and she asked what part. They said from Payson. I want you all to know what a difference you all made. How you brought sunshine to those who were so sad. How you brought a sparkle to people's eyes, knowing that someone cares. You all are the American Spirit. God bless you all. I am so proud of Payson.
Susan Storms, Payson