Northshore Cajun Army continuing to answer flood recovery needs

Ashley Rodrigue talks to those in the 'Cajun Army', who are helping people with supplies after historic flooding.

COVINGTON, La. -- Days after last month's flood, Angelle Albright turned to Facebook asking for help getting items needed at a Denham Springs church housing hundreds of flooded families.

"To me, it was like an elephant that no one could eat, but that was one bite of the elephant," she said, "I was like 'hey, I have this trailer, I can do that.'"

Two hours later, the trailer was full, with Albright and friend Giana Schlottman headed to Christ's Community Church for delivery.

"We left that day with a new mission and an intention that we were going to fill that trailer as many times as we could," said Schlottman.

At the same time, a simple church trip to deliver bagged lunches to families rebuilding turned into a deep connection for Michelle Pecoraro.

"It's so sad when you go out there and you see how they're living and I can't imagine if I was living like that and nobody was coming to my aid," she said, "So it really touches our hearts because these people see us and they want us back."

The groups joined forces and grew into the Northshore Cajun Army, made up of more than a dozen women from St. Tammany Parish, committed to giving flooded communities what they aren't getting.

"Books, ladies shoes, clothing," said member Karen Lindsey, "You can't turn anything down because you just never know what the need is going to be and it changes."

Every day, their calls for those needs have been answered quickly by individuals, local and out of state, and by businesses, both big and small.

The families receiving the help say, more than anything, the women's work makes them feel acknowledged.

"They've been coming through, different people since we been working, and we needed the help," said Baton Rouge flood victim Richard Jefferson, "We're so thankful for it."

If you'd like to join in the Northshore Cajun Army's work, or help them meet the ever-changing needs, visit their website, http://northshorefoundation.org/northshore-cajun-army, or their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NorthshoreCajunArmy/, to find out how.
 

(© 2016 WWL)


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