Friday, September 28, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – On Tuesday, September 25, CAN-DO.org (Compassion into Action Network-Direct Outcome Organization) hosted a neighborhood event in Spring Meadows Subdivision in LaPlace. CAN-DO, a disaster relief organization located in California was joined by other volunteer groups to provide toys, cleaning supplies and hot meals to St. John residents as they assisted them with cleanup efforts. New Orleans Saints players Courtney Robie and Jabari Greer helped distribute supplies at the event in a show of support to the community as it recovers from Hurricane Isaac. Residents were also serenaded by the Big Easy Zydeco Band of New Orleans who performed throughout the evening.
Local vendors who contributed to the event included: Bear’s Restaurant, Wow Wingery and Cole’s of Covington; Mr. Ed’s of Bucktown; Crescent City Sausage Company and Pizzicare Pizzeria of New Orleans; Raising Cane’s and Wal Mart. “We encouraged residents to grab some food, get the supplies they need, but most importantly to stay and have a good time. We want them to know they deserve a break,” said Eric Klein, founder of CAN-DO.org.
CAN-DO.org’s network of volunteers have spent the last few weeks on the ground in St. John Parish collaborating with residents, organizations, and community leaders to develop methods to speed-up aid and effectively provide what is most needed right in St. John. The purpose of the event was to show residents how local companies, vendors and volunteers from across south Louisiana are rallying around the community to show their support.
Parish President Robottom expressed her thanks to the organization for their efforts. “St. John has been blessed with a large number of volunteers to help with our parish’s recovery. We are very thankful for their dedication and encourage our residents to be open to their assistance. Organizations like CAN-DO are great community partners with a wealth of experience helping people,” said Robottom.