CAN-DO.ORG, is currently working in St. John the Baptist parish, specifically the town of LaPlace, LA. In the last week of assessing the affected neighborhoods, it is clear that approximately 7,000 homes were flooded; with on average only 10% having flood insurance. Unfortunately, most of the larger relief organizations (NGO's) who have raised millions of dollars on their behalf, have already pulled out of the area. This has left the residents of LaPLace feeling neglected and forgotten, as very little aid has actually reached the people affected by Hurricane Isaac. Currently, residents are living with friends and relatives in outlying areas, commuting to and from work and school, leaving very little time to work on gutting and repairing their homes. It has also subjected them to victimization from looting.
Over the past few weeks, CAN-DO's network of volunteers have been on the ground collaborating with local residents, organizations, community and parish leaders to help develop innovative methods to speed aid and effectively provide what is most needed right now.
We have received an overwhelming response from the people and businesses of South Louisiana. What we have have planned for the Saints players arriving on Tuesday the 25th, is to aid in the distribution of cleaning supplies to the residents of LaPlace. At the same time, local vendors, ie Raising Canes Chicken Fingers, Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House and Wow Wingery etc, will be passing out hot meals to volunteers and residents. The purpose of this is to show, not only the residents of LaPlace that they have not been forgotten, but to illustrate how local
companies, vendors and volunteers from across south Louisiana are rallying around the community to show their support. The participation of the New Orleans Saints not only provides a much needed boost in morale, it sets an example of what one CAN-DO to help their neighbor. Please Donate to Project Isaac / LaPlace