Locals step up through Cajun Navy to help Hurricane Michael victims

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Hurricane Michael devastation in Florida. (Courtesy of Jessy Broughton)

By Stacey Tinsley, stinsley@bossierpress.com

Locals are helping the Cajun Navy Supply with its humanitarian aid efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.

A drive will be held Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bossier Farmers Market and from 8 p.m. to midnight at Devil’s Knot Haunted Trail in Natchitoches.

“We have several drives taking place across multiple states this weekend, but we are aiming to make Bossier City’s effort become the hub of all of these with two events,” said Jessy Broughton, vice president of the Cajun Navy Supply humanitarian aid branch and Bossier resident.

Broughton is asking the public for any donations, large or small, that you can spare to help the people effected by this catastrophic storm.

“Here in the South, we are compassionate people. We support those that go through terrible things. That’s what we are, that’s who we are at our core. If you can, even if it’s nothing more than a $1 donation, that one dollar will get us closer to filling up a gas tank to a truck that delivers something to people who have nothing,” said Broughton.

Hurricane Michael damage in Florida. (Courtesy of Jessy Broughton)

After coming back from a recent relief effort trip to Florida, Broughton has personally seen with her own eyes the devastation that Hurricane Michael has caused and says that the conditions are so bad it reminds her of Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico last year and Hurricane Katrina.

“Houses have been split into two from falling trees. No running water. Eighteen wheelers can’t even drive on the roads through the area. And the people who lived in low income neighborhoods can’t get out. The conditions out there reminds me of the storm that hit Puerto Rico, or two weeks after Katrina hit. It is that bad,” she said.

“Can you imagine not being able to get to safety due to low funds and having your entire town demolished? No running water, no electricity, no way of communicating with the outside world, for weeks, think about that. What would you do? Wouldn’t you want someone to help you if they could?”

All donations will be taken directly into areas ranging from Panama City Beach to Mexico Beach  the day after the event on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Supplies needed to help individuals and families start the rebuilding process are:

  • Individually packaged snacks
  • ready to eat meals (non-perishable)
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • baby formula
  • toothbrushes
  • toiletries
  • feminine hygiene products
  • dry shampoo
  • personal cleaning wipes
  • deodorant
  • trash bags
  • cleaning supplies
  • hammers
  • nails
  • demo supplies
  • gloves
  • anti-mold killing spray
  • pet supplies
  • blue tarps
  • 10w30 oil (for generators)

Please no clothing, furniture or water donations.

Cajun Navy Supply are also in need of monetary donations to help with the cost to purchase more supplies and fuel for vehicles delivering supplies to effected areas.

For more information about making a cash donation please visit www.cajunnavysupply.org or for more up to date information please visit https://www.facebook.com/CajunNavySupply/