Louisiana Strong!!
Louisiana Strong!!

I took time away from Courage on All Fronts this last week to visit Louisiana.  The town that I called home for 9 years had been beaten and tossed around like a rag doll.  The town and the people were all reeling with fatigue, grief, and despair.  The blue ribbons that had been placed on mailboxes and houses to show solidarity for the police officers that lost their lives are now drooping and represent the devastation that has swept Louisiana.  The miles of lost memories and homes where first steps were made are just that, lost.  I drove for 40 miles and could see street after street with 8 foot high piles of debris of the lives people had worked and sacrificed to give to their families sitting on the road waiting to be taken away.  This was not the same place that I had called home for 9 years.  It was changed and forever will be altered.  The people of Louisiana will rise as they always have and I wish them the absolute best.  I was able to help in a small way because of the kindness and generosity of the people of Florida and our community.  I know we understand bad weather and devastation and am extremely grateful so many people stepped up to give back to Louisiana.  Thank you all for your donations, they were taken almost immediately when we brought them in.  While I was unloading the items a woman who lost everything, kindly asked if she could have a bottle of bleach and some wipes, nothing more.  I saw the same scenario repeatedly as neighbors, friends, and families all said I am ok there are so many more that have nothing.  These are the same people that were spending 12 hour days gutting their own houses.  These people are Louisiana Strong!!