Updated: Oct 4, 2021
As I’m sure many of you know, a large contingent of our family lives in deep south Louisiana. Specifically, they live in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, which is exactly where Hurricane Ida made landfall. It was incredibly difficult watching the national weather coverage, seeing the radar show this powerful storm pass right over my home, and then seeing the aftermath. Luckily, the vast majority of our family evacuated so there was comfort in knowing they were physically safe, but not knowing what would be there when they returned was stomach churning.
Enough time has passed for our family to return home and assess the damage. Unfortunately, several members of my family did take significant damage during Hurricane Ida. Even so, we know that we are the fortunate ones. We have family to take care of those in need. We have jobs who are taking care of their employees. We have the ability to drive to find supplies and the equipment to cook and clean as needed. It may not be comfortable, but our family will be able to be resilient in this tragic situation.
There are many, though, that have lost absolutely everything. The images you are seeing on the national news are troubling, but those being sent by our family are hitting hard personally. Entire neighborhoods are gone. Many of the things south Louisiana is known for - the sprawling oaks, the beautiful architecture - are damaged.
One thing that can not be broken, though, is the Louisiana spirit. Our people are generous, loving, hospitable people, but right now they can use your help. If you are able and interested, please consider donating to one of the following charities to help with Hurricane Ida relief:
Bayou Community Foundation: This organization specifically works with people in Lafourche, Terrebonne, and Grand Isle - some of the hardest hit coastal areas of Louisiana.
Mercy Chefs: A Virginia-based non-profit group founded after Hurricane Katrina by a New Orleans Native, Mercy Chefs serves hot meals from their mobile kitchens to those in need.
Bless Your Heart: A small, local non-profit organization working to provide much needed supplies to those in Louisiana’s bayou communities.
Thank you all for considering supporting Louisiana’s Bayou Region.