Going the Extra Mile: Louisiana Native Follows up on Flood Outreach

Several weeks ago Louisiana was hit with the worst storm since hurricanes Rita and Katrina. CFACT previously highlighted the efforts of our own Graham Beduze, a Lafayette, Louisiana native img_0346who sacrificed his time and energy to help out his neighbors in the historic flooding. Graham met up with other local good Samaritans and went around town helping strangers clear damaged rooms, hand out water, and repair and replace dry wall and appliances.

Soon after that, Kids Karousel Academy in New Orleans heard about Graham’s passion and efforts and wanted to give back as well. “They told me that they had a lot of children’s clothing to give away. So I made the drive to NOLA and met ’em in person,” Graham said. “I wasn’t expecting a dozen huge trash bags filled to the top with new kids’ clothes. But I took it all and promised them the people could make use of them.”img_0348

Graham and some local neighbors and friends hit the streets and found one family in particular that needed new clothing for their children after the disaster. Nick Trosclair, a father to four children with a fifth on the way said, “it is really awesome to see groups like CFACT and other organizations helping out in Louisiana. Thank you and Kids Karousel Academy for the generous donations, these items will be put to good use.”

A large amount of the donation also went to a local free Goodwill project specifically designated to helping Louisiana flood victims. 

“I’m glad that we were able to follow up with our efforts,” Graham added. “Seeing the look on the face of the family we helped was very meaningful. In a tragedy like this you feel so helpless; you just want to help in any way you can. The least I could do is try to ensure that dozens more families will be img_0349helped by our donation to Goodwill’s flood relief program as well. A huge shout out to the Kids Karousel Academy for making this all possible. It was really big of them.”20160818_102953

According to USA Today the total amount of rainfall over the affected areas came to about 52.7 feet. Over 60,000 homes were damaged. That, combined with the losses to infrastructure and businesses, brought the total cost of the damage into the millions.

Many of the citizens affected were without flood insurance and lost nearly everything. Despite the gravity of the disaster, the mainstream media has greatly shunned the plight of thousands and coverage has been scarce. The only exception was the attempt by the New York Times to use the horrific tragedy to push a political climate alarmist agenda, until President Obama finally visited the area.