Hundreds help deliver hot meals to flood victims
BATON ROUGE – Volunteers came by the hundreds to help flood victims in need of a hot meal for Thanksgiving.
The Healing Place Church is on a mission to provide 10,000 holiday meals to flood victims and more than 1,400 bags of groceries.
The church was hoping to get about 400 volunteers to help with the mission, but instead 1,400 people showed up to help on Saturday.
"So many people have lost homes. They've lost vehicles, they've lost their business and this is a simple act of kindness to say heaven has not forgotten you," Reverend Mike Haman of Healing Place Church said.
Church members delivered dinners to local families who have signed up through the church and with other organizations throughout flood impacted areas, including Livingston and Ascension parishes.
Volunteers loaded the food into vehicles, and headed out to serve survivors who lost everything in the flood, including families like Jeff and Myra Murphy.
"Fabulous. A wonderful gift and it shows the heart of Healing Place Church," the couple said.
A hot meal may be simple, but for flood victims it is a reminder that someone does care to help.
"A lot of people are hurting in the community and toady we hope they do feel not forgotten," Carter Leblanc, of Healing Place Church, said.
The church also provided flood victims with Walmart gift cards to by groceries.