Flood victims receive hot meals, supplies in Tangipahoa Parish - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Flood victims receive hot meals, supplies in Tangipahoa Parish

FOX 8 Photo FOX 8 Photo
INDEPENDENCE, LA (WVUE) -

Along a railroad track, compassion was dished up for a community in need.

“We lost our truck and our trailer and our water pump," said Alice Stewart, a Tangipahoa Parish flood victim.

A Salvation Army truck had arrived earlier with staffers from Hattiesburg to give away hot meals and cleaning supplies.

“You know, personally, I’ve had my own share of Katrina and different disasters myself, so people have helped me. It’s just my chance to give back and help people. Times are hard for people right now, but we’re just people trying to come together and help one another," said Matt McMullen, who works for the Salvation Army in Mississippi.

“It means, you know, something warm to eat," said Ashley Anthony as she enjoyed the free meal.

“It means a great deal, it really does because we lost all our food, clothes and stuff like that," added Stewart who stood nearby.

Also drawn to the food distribution site was Brittany Guidry, a mother of seven children. She said floodwaters claimed their furnishings.

“I think it’s wonderful," Guidry said. "I mean, at the moment, the only thing we - our stove no longer works, so we don’t have anything to cook with, so this is something. The kids get a meal and it works for us."

Chilled bottled water, granola bars, chips and other snacks were also given away. Many of the flood victims who showed up are without flood insurance and looking to FEMA for assistance.

“There’s a lot of people here, such as us," Guidry said. "We were told that we weren’t in a flood zone, and sure enough, we ended up getting flooded."

Still complainers were hard to find.

“I know it’s going to take time and, you know, hopefully continue to work together and be patient," said flood victim Wonda Francois.

It remains a community with a generous spirit amid the devastation it suffered.

“They had someone else was willing to come do this over here, and I told them that we’re going to be here for the next two days with the Salvation Army, and I told them St. Helena  was having problems, they needed somebody to go out and help over there so I sent to them to St. Helena," said City of Independence Mayor Angelo Mannino.

Copyright 2016 WVUE. All rights reserved.

 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • WLOX Editorial: Do your work

    WLOX Editorial: Do your work

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:41 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:41:39 GMT

    We live in a wonderful time. We have the capability of instant communication with almost anyone at any time; all in the palm of our hands. We can stay connected to everyone all the time which is great - most of the time. There are times when we need to put aside our smart phones and do our jobs. 

    More >>

    We live in a wonderful time. We have the capability of instant communication with almost anyone at any time; all in the palm of our hands. We can stay connected to everyone all the time which is great - most of the time. There are times when we need to put aside our smart phones and do our jobs. 

    More >>
  • Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:26:44 GMT
    The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>
  • Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:53:43 GMT
    Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly