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Coming Alongside an Elderly Widow in Louisiana

Field Report by Operation Blessing

LOUISIANA – Residents along the Gulf Coast have begun to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Ida devastated their communities. From big cities to small towns, the storm left millions impacted. Homes were damaged, belongings swept away, and lives lost. As thousands have just recently regained power after the storm, the Hurricane Ida cleanup begins.

Dorothy, an elderly widow who lives alone, has never seen anything like Hurricane Ida. Although she had lived in her home in Louisiana for 30 years, the strength of this storm left Dorothy shaken.

After it passed, she suddenly faced the reality of the destruction left behind. She had lost her power, her roof, and so many of her precious keepsakes. With only her grandson to offer support, Dorothy felt overwhelmed and desperate for help.

Cleanup After Hurricane Ida

That’s when your love arrived. Because you care, Operation Blessing had already pre-staged in Louisiana to support Hurricane Ida victims as soon as the storm passed.

Your generosity provided ice, water, food, cleaning supplies, and other resources to Dorothy in the days following Hurricane Ida. You also supported volunteers dedicated to Hurricane Ida cleanup. These faithful workers helped clear out debris, tarped her roof, and removed damaged materials from her yard.

As Dorothy presses on, she rests in the relief offered by your kindness. Thank you. To learn how you can get involved, visit www.ob.org/obdisaster.

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  • Hi my name is Robert and my wife and I have helped partner with Operation Blessing,CBN, and Orphans Promise  because we know for sure that you guys are indeed on the ground helping people in need and for that we believe in your ministry. Can you guys please help us we are from Houma,LA too and our home suffered roof damage and mold is growing all on the walls we do believe its fixable but we really don’t know because we have never rebuilt before and we really love our home but we don’t know when or if we’ll be able to live in it again. Right now we’re still evacuated at a hotel in El Dorado,Arkansas until October but after that date we’re not sure what’s going to happen. We can’t believe this has happened to us after losing our home to Katrina in 2005 an now this on the very same exact date of the anniversary of Katrina is really devastating if you can help in anyway even if it’s to help adequately tarp the roof I promise you it would be beyond anything I could ask think or imagine I know you guys do whatever you can for people and for that I am grateful Thank you for the work you do All over the world and thank you for helping people here in my community as well. I moved here in 2007 a little after Katrina and from what I hear, folks here have never experienced this level of destruction and neither have I. I just pray for a SPEEDY recovery for all of us and much Thanks to  Operation Blessing and all the other boots on the ground helping to assist in this recovery process.

    • Operation Blessing says:

      Hi Robert, So sorry to hear that! I will pass this along to our US Disaster team. You can also call 1-800-730-2537 or Life Church in Houma to request help. Many blessings to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • I wanted to come help but was told they couldn’t give me a place to lay my head at night! I don’t know where to stay or where to go.

  • Good afternoon Operation Blessing!
    My name is Tammy. I was wondering if you need any volunteers for anything while you’re in Louisiana? I live in Gray, Louisiana. I have my own transportation and live nearby. I enjoy helping if you will have me.