Maranda Melancon, a mother of two boys and one daughter, who days before Barry told her kids to put all their old toys in a bag to be donated to kids who would lose everything in the storm, is now in need of donations. So far, she’s gotten some furniture and a five hundred dollar donation, and for that, she’s grateful, but her kids are still in need.
Some people didn’t see the effects of Barry. Others are still facing the storms aftermath.
Maranda Melancon says, “What am I going to do? Where am I going to live? I’m like feeling so helpless.”
Melancon lives in Vermilion parish, and in a last second decision had to leave her home. She put important items in higher areas of her home, packed a bag, and brought her kids to safety. “Just like that, like within an hour, everything was gone. I didn’t even think this was going to happen. I thought when it was over I was going to go home. No.”
One of her neighbors whose house was elevated off the ground sent Melancon updates as the storm waters crept into her home.
“Stop telling me it’s okay because it’s not. It’s really just not. I don’t even know how to explain to my children what’s going on.”
Now, Melancon is picking up the pieces and is thankful for the people in her community who have already donated so much. “I appreciate you wanting to help. I appreciate the donations. I appreciate the prayers. Everything.”
Love Our Schools is a local organization that stuffed five thousand backpacks with school supplies on July 5. Those backpacks were distributed to eight schools.