Iberia Parish is thanking their first responders today by at the Cyr Gates Community Center in New Iberia City Park.
Community members served chicken and sausage gumbo to all first responders, law enforcement, military, paramedics, city/parish public works, linemen from Cleco, Cox, or Suddenlink, and all others who helped the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Barry.
Organizer Sandy Bernard said that the event is important because it shows the community coming together to support a good cause.
"I'm so excited about this. It's more than just feeding the responders...[the event] mushroomed into more than just a thank you. It's bringing the community together, which I hope we can do more of in the future."
The event lasted from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
First responders had to attend in uniform or with their ID to eat free. Family members may attend, and it only costs $5 for a serving.
The menu included gumbo, potato salad, and a drink.
All proceeds will benefit St. Francis Diner.
Organizers say that while this is not a political event, any politicians seeking office are invited as well, as it will be a great way to introduce yourself to the community.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to this cause should contact Sandy Bernard at 337-789-7807.
Anyone wishing to contribute or make a donation to St. Francis Diner can also do so.
Organizers would like to thank Bi Lo Supermarket, Savoie's Sausage, Fremin's Food & Furniture, Lydia Food Store, New Iberia Recreational Department, Acadiana Coca-Cola Bottling, Tommy Romero, Cox Communications, Robert Jordan, Brad Davis, Roberta Boudreaux, and the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce.
Bernard added, "First responders and our linemen really need to know they're appreciated and the people of New Iberia want to support them."