By Georgia Osten
They come in all different forms and colors. They appear out of nowhere, but they’re always there with a helping hand. Ida brought out a variety of heroes. Our neighbor, Louisiana, hasn’t been spared year after year with these plaguing storms, with relentless damages. Out of the kindness and generosity of these souls, troops upon troops, with nothing on their minds but aiding these less fortunate individuals, have stormed into their communities with food and provisions. They have set up in the most devastated surroundings, loaded with food and cookers, volunteers sharing their time and love.

The Mattress Mack – Gallery Furniture/ Penske truck convoy packed with supplies heading to Louisiana from Houston – Sept. 2nd.

One particular group, among many, are the Giving Bak Foundation. This one hits home for me mainly because it’s made up with my daughter and son-in-law and many of their friends. After spending the weekend with us when Ida was still a threat, they left their home in League City, geared with their 20’ cooker and 40’ camper, I call it The Coach, for the savagely hit communities in Louisiana – Bourg, Denham Springs, Kenner – sending out trailers full of food to the outlying areas.

The very first day of their journey, August 30th, they delivered over 1,000 breakfast meals. They set up at The Christ’s Community Church parking lot. Lowder Baking Company, of Shreveport donated bread. Crates upon crates of canned goods, protein, water and other provisions were donated. By September 1st, 9,000 meals were prepared and ready for delivery. The Baton Rouge Community College baseball team “knocked it outta the park” with their volunteerism.

By September 3, 34,000 meals prepared and delivered.

Sept. 4th, tear down in Denham Springs, 43,500 meals prepared and delivered. Moving on to Hammond, Louisiana.

Job well done, Thank You Giving Bak!


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