After collecting donations for the past two weeks the City of Sulphur is set to deliver supplies to hurricane ravaged Southeast Louisiana. The first round of supplies will be sent to Jean Lafitte, Louisiana in Jefferson Parish.
The City of Sulphur took the lead in responding to the victims of Isaac. Donations began to roll in on both sides of the bridge as the City of Lake Charles also joined the effort helping Southwest Louisiana pay it forward.
"The fact that we got help during Hurricane Rita we are just giving back. The people of Southwest Louisiana have always been givers," said Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan.
The relief needed most is food. Pastor Ronnie Burke of First Baptist Church of Maplewood and his disaster team recently returned from the area. Burke and his team will help deliver the food to the Friendships organization who is already on site feeding first responders and residents who need it most.
"We go down to areas hit by storms whether it be tornadoes or hurricanes and in my opinion water damage is by far the worst. These people have lost everything. Most haven't returned but those there are in need of food," explained Burke.
The majority of the first delivery will be $3,000 worth of food paid for from the more than $17,000 collected in monetary donations. Items the Friendships organization requested were:
175 hot dog buns
175 hot dogs - plus all the condiments
192 packs of kidney beans
4 cases of cooking oil
Sugar and creamer
420 pounds of sausage
(all purchased locally in Sulphur)
Friendships is preparing on average between 500 to 700 meals daily. Burke said this donation should get them through the week and help feed about 2,100 meals.
"We will leave early Tuesday morning from Misse's Grocery in Sulphur and pack as much as we can. The food we bring will be able to help get through the week," said Burke. "Once there they will start cooking read beans and rice, hot dogs, sandwiches and chile. Whatever they have they will cook and will spend their resources well."
The non perishable donations like clothing and household items will be brought to a church in Belle Chase, LA where it will be stored and eventually distributed when residents return to the area.
"As the water recedes that need and more people come back that need is going to be even greater. It reminds of us of what happened to us during Rita, Gustav and Ike. The people down there are so appreciative of the assistance and it makes them feel like they are not alone in this," added Burke.
Monetary donations are still being accepted by the City of Sulphur.