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New Iberia woman cooks meals for 100 Laura evacuees

Posted at 7:41 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 23:37:30-04

A New Iberia woman is giving back to those impacted by Hurricane Laura and has just one goal - to let them know someone cares.

Beverly Johnny and several volunteers, including her granddaughter, gathered at the Quality Suites on Highway 14 in New Iberia on Wednesday and served fried chicken, homemade red beans and rice, sausage, drinks, and much more to about 100 evacuees from Southwest Louisiana.

Many evacuees are staying at the hotel while they're displaced because of Laura. Johnny said she got the inspiration to help out from watching news coverage of the devastation to our west.

"I'm looking at the devastation. What came to my mind was 'it could have been me.' And I just wanted to be a blessing to them," she said. "It's not about getting my name out there. It's about being a blessing to someone."

Johnny added that she's trying to teach her granddaughter that it's good to give to others and not expect anything in return.

This isn't the first time she's given back to her community. Several years ago during an especially hot day, she headed to Walmart, bought every fan she could, and distributed more than 100 fans to residents.

She said she just "wants to be a blessing to people in need, put a smile on their face, and let them know that someone cares."

And this won't be the last time she gives back, either. She and her group of volunteers are planning to distribute food, water, and other essentials in Lake Charles this weekend. If you'd like to help, contact Beverly Johnny at 337-380-8582 or find her on Facebook.

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