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.
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