OPELOUSAS, La (KLFY) – The St. Landry-Evangeline United Way is providing several flood victims with care packages as families continue to pick up the pieces and return to normalcy.
Volunteers have been working around the clock at the distribution center in an effort to get all of the items boxed up and shipped out to families in need.
“We’re sending out hygiene kits, food boxes, and lots of water,” said Susan Fisher, Special Projects Coordinator.
Fisher says the organization has shipped items all across south Louisiana, including Denham Springs and Baton Rouge.
“We’ve had trucks coming in from Texas, Idaho, Indiana, and Mississippi, dropping off here and then we’ve been distributing,” said Fisher.
Fisher says even residents have dropped off truckloads of items.
“Because we’ve gotten so much we are trying to get it out to meet the need as soon as possible, so as soon as it comes in we’re shipping it out,” said Fisher.
With the help of volunteers, Fisher says they’ve been able to meet the need of quite a few families.
“We’ve got people that are out in neighborhoods delivering. We’ve got people that come in and fill out a form with their FEMA number and they’re able to pick up here,” said Fisher.
United Way volunteer, Cynthia Eubaire, says just seeing first hand the amount of people impacted by the recent flooding hits close to home for her.
“I’m a Katrina victim and for me to come out and give a helping hand it meant all the difference in the world for me, because I know I’m helping other people that went through the same thing that I went through,” said Eubaire.
Eubaire says just seeing the water rise to the top of homes brought back so many memories.
“To lose everything and to depend on other people for something, I can relate to that,” said Eubaire. “I know the devastation they went through and I know how they feel, so I feel for them and that’s why I’m really helping.”
If you’re interested in volunteering, just stop into the distribution center in Opelousas at the old Save-A-Lot building located at 619 Creswell Ln.