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Lim Alumna Leads "Takin’ A Bite Outta Ida" Campaign

In Natchez, Carrie Golden Lambert’s vision to provide Hurricane Ida relief to neighboring Louisiana turned into action and success rather quickly. She says, “In only a few days we collected enough to fill 4 pickup trucks, 4x8’ trailer, and my sedan!” But given the scale of destruction and enormity of need she saw, her campaign to help the people of south Louisiana is ongoing.

Conditions on the ground were rough when the caravan pulled into Luling, LA, on Sept. 11th. Carrie says, “Driving around the area down there was very heartbreaking, though. It did, indeed, look like a war zone (as some have described it), and reminded me of Katrina – blue tarps everywhere, houses gutted with the remains piled up on the curb, trees on top of houses, trees on top of power lines, downed trees everywhere.” Still the residents she encountered were resilient: “we were met with warm smiles, words of welcome and thanksgiving, and offered a hot meal. Many of the people greeting us and helping had lost EVERYTHING during the storm but were there helping others. It looked to be about 100 people cooking, greeting, sorting items, unloading supplies, etc.

Help will be needed for quite some time, so Carrie and her group of volunteers will be driving down to south Louisiana every 2 weeks with supplies. 

How to help ...

from anywhere:

in Natchez:

  • Pray for the residents affected by Ida and all those serving their communities.
  • Donate funds via Natchez-based J.E. Hicks Distributing Company — which also brands itself Hicks-Chiks — which set up an account for people to make financial donations with the money in the account being used to purchase relief items that the company will sell to the campaign at cost and volunteers will deliver to Louisiana communities in need. Call 601-445-8140 and ask to donate to the Hurricane Ida Relief account.
  • Donate funds to be used in the Luling area specifically via Venmo: @fatheranthonyo
  • Support Catholic Charities of Acadiana by visiting its webpage where you can donate to Catholic Charities or shop its Amazon disaster wishlist.
  • Drop off donated items in the boxes at the Family Life Center (613 Main Street) by entering through the parking lot doors. You can see the boxes when you walk in. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-noon and 1-3 pm; Fridays 7:30 am-noon and 4-7 pm.
  • Volunteer to assist by contacting Carrie Lambert at 601-920-9538 if you wish to
    • sort supplies at the Family Life Center.
    • transport donated items from the Family Life Center to Louisiana on Saturdays. (The use of pickup trucks or vans are especially welcome!)