LONGVILLE, LA (KPLC) - Community members in Longville Louisiana raised almost $20,000 for the Lebleu family who lost their four daughters in a fatal house fire earlier this week.
Classmates, friends, and other community members came together to hold a car wash and bake sale at the Old Longville Store from 10 a.m. to around 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14.
Volunteers of the fundraiser said they were amazed at the turn out of donations.
"Before 10 o'clock, I think we had done at least 100 cars," said Ashlee Mitchell, a volunteer of the car wash.
Mitchell said volunteers raised at least $4,000 by noon on Friday.
"I can say without a doubt that with a little more than 500 people in this community, somebody would reach out to someone else if it was tomorrow," said Mitchell.
The fundraiser brought folks from not just the Longville and Ragley communities, but from all over the southwest Louisiana region.
Shannon Lejeune drove all the way from Lake Charles to make a donation.
"I couldn't imagine going through something like that because I have 7 children of my own," said Shannon Lejeune. "It's a sad situation."
Lejeune and his wife Heather were happy to come for a car wash and purchase some baked goods from the bake sell.
"I think it's a wonderful thing that they're doing for the family," said Heather Lejeune. "This is what God wants us to do. We're supposed to help our sisters and brothers when they need us."
If you missed out on the Longville fundraiser, you can still catch the other upcoming events listed below:
- Bake Sale fundraiser at Ragley Baseball Field - Saturday, May 15th
- Candle lighting for the 4 children on Main Street in Oakdale - Friday, May 14th through Saturday May 15th - 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Coushatta Casino Clothing Drive - Tuesday, May 18th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Community benefit at St. Pius Catholic Church benefit - Saturday, June 5th
- All additional donations can be made at Cameron State Bank in Dequincy for the Lebleu Family.