- by Ellis Anderson
“The need is not going away soon. We know how that works,” says Kay Kell, one of four Bay St. Louis leaders in a grassroots effort to help South Louisiana survivors of Hurricane Ida.
The group has already made several trips down to some of the hardest hit communities – Cut Off, Chauvin and Cocodrie, Louisiana. They’re calling the relief effort “Taking Care of the Southern Cs" after the names of the three small towns they’ve adopted.
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“It was so amazing to see the spirit of those people, working together,” Kell said. “It reminded us so much of the Mississippi coast after Katrina.
"There were some tears shed as we drove down and saw the damage. People are still sleeping on the ground.”
Donations to the Southern Cs effort can be easily made through the Pneuma Winds of Hope PayPal account. Just specify in the note that the donation is for the Hurricane Ida relief efforts.
Physical supplies for the Southern Cs relief effort (see the list below) can be dropped off at
- The Starfish Café (10408 Hwy 603 in Bay St. Louis)
- The Bay Town Inn (208 N. Beach Blvd., BSL)
- Deano’s law office (10199 Hwy 603, BSL)
Di Fillhart is organizing trips early in the week, usually on weekdays. Deano makes delivery trips on the weekends. If someone wants to drive along and help on one for the delivery trips, they can contact either organizer through Facebook messaging or by phone (Di Fillhart – 228.229.3503 or Elise Deano at 228.466.9597) .
Epperson asks that coast businesses consider hosting their own supply drive for the Southern Cs. They simply put a box in their place of business (or at a drop-off point) and ask friends and customers to donate items from the list below. When the box is full, contact one of the organizers and they’ll pick up the supplies and transport them.
The situation isn't entirely humorless. Kell says that during one of the early trips, storm survivors asked for “anything fresh.” The volunteers assumed they meant fruit, while the stricken residents were especially hoping for ingredients to make the “holy trinity” of Louisiana cooking, essential ingredients for most dishes: onions, celery and bell peppers.
Needed Hurricane Relief Supplies