Flood relief concert brings together the community to help flood victims

Flood relief concert brings together the community to help flood victims
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Musicians, food, and even the Cajun Navy all found their way to the Civic Center Sunday to help raise money for those affected by the floods.

Sean Ardoin worked his zydeco magic, to help put together this concert.

Musicians graced the stage and used their gifts for something good.

"We don't have boats, there's not a lot of ways we can help other than monetary, but we do have talents and we can get out there and play for people to enjoy," said Kadillacs keyboardist, Jeff Johnson.

The Cajun Navy also came out, and for volunteers who have done so much, many have never met until today.

"Really it's a big deal, we're really excited," said Cajun Navy lead organizer, Rob Gaudet. "We're hoping we can create collaboration opportunities amongst existing members that never even met."

Local businesses have also used this concert as a way to give back. Phyllis O'Neill has been selling customized t-shirts and says the design is all inspired by those who have been out helping others.

"Our real heroes have been the ones who have been out there helping others with sheet rock, and being able to tear down homes and help rebuild homes," said O'Neill. "They are our real heroes."

Chad Coffield is happy that the profits from the barbeque he is selling can go to people who need it.

"It makes us feel like we are doing something good for the people that are actually doing for us," said Coffield. "I mean without them we can't have a business so we would like to give them whatever we can."

Volunteer coordinators were amazed at just how much volunteers wanted to help work this concert.

"There's so much going on in the world, so much negativity, but as soon as we put the call out that we needed people to help we were just flooded with phone calls and text messages, " said coordinator Joyce Ryan. "It's a great feeling."

"It's a feeling you just can't explain to see that everybody came in as one," said coordinator Karen Hardy.

Coming as one, and calling on others to help in any way they can.

"It doesn't have to be money or even materials," said Coffield. "It can be time, but everybody needs something."

With a little over a week of planning, this concert was able to come to life, and give our community a chance to help those who have lost almost everything.

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