Red Cross up-lifts residents of flooded Lafayette neighborhood


LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Whether it’s handing out cleaning supplies or hot meals, the red cross has been helping flood victims through the recovery process.

“Any help that we can get is very appreciated and seeing them come into the neighborhood is an up-lifter,” said Kenneth Butler.

Allan and Cindy Slavin came all the way from Kansas City, KS to help hand out hot meals to residents as they begin to clean up the damage that the flood waters left behind.

Alan volunteered for the Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy but this is his wife Cindy’s first time.

“They’re all so humble and grateful and they’re sitting there thanking us and I just feel like ‘you have so much on your plate,'” said Cindy Slavin, “It’s a pleasure and we’re happy to get to help people and they really do appreciate the help so that’s really good.”

As the mobile feeding truck drove down streets and sounded its horn, residents lined up, thankful for a fresh hot meal.

“It’s water, food, it’s things that you don’t think about while you’re working trying to get your house together,” said Butler, “You don’t have time to stop sometimes and to know that you’re going to have a meal and something to eat and it’s ready for you to do it is great.”

Allan and Cindy said residents around Acadiana have been appreciative of the Red Cross and it’s amazing how the country has come together during these tough times.

“We met one man yesterday that said ‘I get my payback’ he contributes constantly to the Red Cross and now he needs us and we’re there and that’s just great,” said Cindy, “We have been with people all over the country are here, right here at this one kitchen helping distribute the food so I think that’s how we are in the United States, we pitch in and help each other out.”

Red cross officials say they will continue to help out throughout the clean up process.

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