BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) — It’s been a little over a month since Hurricane Sandy wrecked the East Coast leaving thousands homeless and without power. Here in Louisiana, we know what it's like to experience a storm of that magnitude.
"We know what they are experiencing up there and we wanted to help,” says a Red Cross Volunteer from Slidell.
Only a few weeks ago on the East Coast, roads were underwater, cars washed away, and homes filled with tangible memories, completed destroyed. Over the past few weeks Louisiana residents have done what they could to help. From Alexandria to Slidell some would call it paying it forward or just giving back, but others just knew it's something that needed to be done.
"I'm one of those people who doesn't like to sleep. there is always someone who needs you," Valerie Hanson, a Red Cross Volunteer, said. "It's 21 days of my life - these people will have it the rest of their life.”
Even Louisiana State Troopers packed up cars with food and supplies and drove up the coast to do what they could. And Louisiana natives from as far as South Dakota, pitched in to lend a helping hand in a time of need.
Soldiers from Louisiana were devastated by the damage superstorm Sandy caused, and knew they needed to help.
"I can’t understand how people wouldn't want to go help, you have to, these are human beings," said Norman Soren, Jr., a volunteer, said.
A benefit concert was held in New Orleans to help raise money this week. Just another huge helping hand from the Big Easy, to help the Big Apple. But Louisiana as a whole did its part to make the recovery for those on the East Coast a little less painful, by simply delivering not only food and later but hope.
Those affected are still struggling and can always use help. If you want to donate please visit RedCross.Org for more information.