Residents in Iberia Parish are coming together to collect supplies to send to the Bahamas after they were ravaged this week by Hurricane Dorian.
A supply drive will be held at the Sugarcane Festival Building at 600 Parkview Drive in New Iberia from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday.
The drive is being held in connection with Toney Wade Cajun Search and Rescue and M. Larry Richard, Iberia Parish President.
The supplies will be heading to Green Turtle Cay, a barrier island of Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Abaco Island suffered some of the worst effects of Dorian, as the storm stalled over the islands for hours.
A former Jeanerette resident lives on Green Turtle Cay, and she rode out Dorian there. She stated that everything was leveled and they would run out of food and water soon. She also asked that someone would please send relief.
Residents then decided to collect supplies needed on the island and send there. Cajun Search and Rescue will be handling the delivery of the supplies.
Kristi Daigle Boudreaux, one of the organizers of the drive, said that some of the items needed include tarps, grills, charcoal, extension cords, chainsaws, paper products, and toiletries. They will also accept Home Depot or Lowe's gift cards. Other supplies needed are listed below.
First aid items
Money is also accepted in lieu of supplies. You can call Toney Wade at 985-253-1436 or reach him by email at email@example.com.
You can also message the group on Facebook at Cajun Coast Search and Rescue.
The group's PayPal link can be found here. You can also send money to firstname.lastname@example.org, note that the money is to go to the Bahamas, and the funds will get sent directly to the island.