BRAITHWAITE, La. -- Steve Bledsoe is one of the hardest-working men on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish.
Even though his house flooded like many of his neighbors in the Braithwaite community during Hurricane Isaac, he spends his morning, noon and nights helping others.
Bledsoe is the driving force behind this hurricane relief center at a shuttered gas station on LA39.
“Food, water, ice, we're not doing clothing yet, but we want to keep them hydrated, we want to make sure we give them medical care,” he said.
As chairman of a non-profit called CPR -- Committee for Plaquemines Recovery -- Bledsoe has worked tirelessly with the United Way to provide housing for residents after Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.
“We've done quite a bit since Katrina,” Bledsoe said. “We've been working hard to get people recovered. Of course the recovery hasn't been completed for that yet, and now we have another one to go through.”
Braithwaite neighbors appreciate Bledsoe's efforts.
“I think it's a wonderful organization,” said Clyde Jones, a Braithwaite resident. “I think he's doing a better job than anyone else can do. That's my belief in him. He's a very nice guy, a very good guy, very hardworking guy.”
While Bledsoe works to rebuild his community and his own storm damaged home, he encourages people who want to help to give to the United Way.
“We know the economy is in the shape that it's in. We know how hard it is to get money. We are a resilient people,” Bledsoe said. “We will stand here and use every resource and we are very creative in how we use resources to take care of ourselves over here.”
Eyewitness News is partnering with the United Way and Tipitina's to help raise money for flood victims.
We'll broadcast a benefit concert this Friday night on our sister station, WUPL Channel 54, at 8 p.m. (Cox 2; Charter 16)
You can also be part of the live audience at Tipitina's Uptown, and admission is free from 7 to 9 p.m. if you bring a canned good.
If you can't be there, we'll also have a phone bank set up in the studio to take donations.