You know, we’ll be doing all of the hurricane supply trips this summer, especially when storms are coming. But why not get active? Why not do one now? And why don’t we take care of our seniors? “
“The Lafayette Council on Aging, after every hurricane or flood, all of our seniors call for help,” said Kathy Boudreaux, Executive Director of the Council on Aging.
In fact, following the Delta and Laura hurricanes in 2020, the Council on Aging was inundated with requests for emergency aid and relief supplies. So this year? Before possible hurricane strikes?
“This year we made a decision to be proactive rather than reactive, and we made a decision to step out the door and make sure we all have supplies and deliver them to our seniors on time,” smiles Boudreaux.
“I don’t think anyone in our community was prepared for the impact, the devastation that both hurricanes, the floods and the freezes, wore,” adds Mary Pham of Amedisys Home Health Care, “so my heart is ours aging population. “
That brings us to the hurricane resupply Thursday morning at One Acadiana in Lafayette. And the basic requirement was for the essential.
“Toothpaste, toothbrushes, personal hygiene items,” lists Amedisys’ Lawrence Sims. “Water. Water is very important, water batteries and we want to make sure we keep track now by collecting now.”
Bad things happen. Violent storms … happen. Nature … happens. And the partnership formed for that event – Council on Aging, One Acadiana, and Amedisys Home Health Care – brought in articles that go directly to seniors in Acadiana and help them prepare for hurricanes.
“I know we are represented by different companies,” says Sims, “but we’re here for the good of the people. Things don’t really matter.”
Partnership. Storms. Standby. Hurricanes.
And most importantly, folks … seniors affiliated with the Council’s Meals on Wheels program.
“We also have a lot of seniors who have very steady incomes,” adds Boudreaux, “so the flashlights and batteries and essentials just aren’t in their budget.”
If you missed today’s event and still want to donate, you can drop off items at One Acadiana or the Lafayette Council on Aging. Everything for the common good: our seniors.
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