Shari, who is originally from the Columbia LA area, has been living in Texas for 10 years. Her family evacuated last Thursday from Needville, Texas as Hurricane Harvey headed toward their home. Shari and her husband and two children, along with her brother and his family of four all headed to safety and are staying with family just outside of Columbia, Louisiana. “I’m sleeping on one couch, and my husband is on the other,” Shari said. “My mom doesn’t have a lot of extra money, so we could use some help.”
Shari’s other son stayed in Texas to ride out the storm because he didn’t want to leave his livestock. “I was real worried about him, but he’s ok and their house didn’t flood,” Shari said. “He was able to Facetime with me and go take a look at my house,” she continued. “The water was up to the cabinets, but thankfully it’s gone down now.”
“Thank you for helping with the food, and thanks for just listening.” Shari
As Shari was waiting in our lobby for a food box, she talked about the stress related to evacuating. “My car wouldn’t start yesterday, so it’s been one thing after another,” she continued. “I was supposed to start a new job last week after being unemployed for several months, so we just want to get back home.”
They plan to head home to Texas on Monday to salvage as many belongings as possible and start the process of getting their home cleaned out and repaired. Shari left the Food Bank with a box of food, and hopefully a little less stress. “Thank you for helping with the food,” Shari said, “and thanks for just listening.”
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We are currently holding a food drive for people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click here for the list of needed items and please drop off donations by September 22 at 2:00 pm.