Jarrett Banks of Just Love, Shane Blau of Northshore Vineyard Church and Pamela Mckay of God’s Unchanging Hands Feeding Ministry traveled to Lake Charles on September 10 from the Northshore to love their neighbors affected by Hurricane Laura. Conner Parr, a hurricane victim from West Lake and the nephew of Rev. Bobbi Yellot of First Christian Church of Sulfpur, joined Jarrett and Shane to clear debris from downed trees in the yard of Mr. Millstead, a WWII and Korean War Veteran. Jarrett used a chainsaw purchased from a gift received from First Christian Church in Lawton, Oklahoma. Mr. Millstead’s need was identified by Kristine Seaward, co-founder of Ainsley’s Angels of America. Pamala distributed lunches, snacks, toiletries and supplies to low income residents in Lake Charles affected by the storm. The items were collected and the food was prepared at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville.
Members from First Christian Church in Hammond with Rev. Angie Kretzer and members from First Christian Church of Lufkin, Texas with Rev. Jack Knox, also traveled to the area. FCC Hammond cleared storm debris from the property of FCC Sulphur and served smoked pulled pork and sausage to storm victims. FCC Lufkin delivered supplies and helped to clear debris.
People came together from three states, two non-profits and six churches to let our neighbors in the Lake Charles area know that they are loved, and to remind them that, together, we will recover from this storm and be stronger and better than ever. Thank you to all who donated to make this trip possible!
Just Love is planning another trip to the Southwest Louisiana on Saturday, September 19. Send an email to Jarrett@LoveYourNeighbor.org or call 252-414-9229 if you are interested in going or donating to help victims. We are currently identifying low-income residents who need help clearing debris from their yards.
Just Love also continues to communicate with those who helping evacuees who are being housed in New Orleans. Baby items such as diapers, wipes, formula, baby food and double strollers are currently being collected.