Hometown heroes help feed Louisiana town after hurricanes

Jody Farnum, who lost her own home in Hurricane Laura, converted a Lake Charles food pantry and thrift store into a disaster relief site.
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As we shine light on gulf coast communities still dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes that hit the region this year. That's right so let's go back down to robin and rob in lake Charles, Louisiana. Hey, guys. We are here, guy, with some of the students of St. Louis catholic high school. They are smizing. We have our masks on taking all the protocols but even in the middle of a pandemic and aftermath of two hurricanes the community has really rallied and, rob, you met some of those wonderful hometown heros. Great volunteers. A lot of these kids volunteered to help out their teachers and fix their hopes before they got to their own. We see that all around this this is the epitome of gulf coast strong. They are coming together to help each other. Sometimes when they've even lost everything themselves. Take a look. Every day we cook, I'm talking about every single day. My girlfriend will be like, we need a break but I knew in my heart people needed to eat. Restaurant owner Antonio duon feeding this close-knit community in the wake of hurricane Laura and hurricane delta. My plan was to cut trees but I noticed people were hungry. A lot of people stayed thinking it wasn't going to be as bad. It was really bad. It was devastating. People eating fresh cooked food on site. Reporter: Antonio prioritizing his neighbors in need despite his own losses. It blew out the other side over there. And it took off the back wall. Antonio was somebody willing to put his house to the side and worry about taking care of other people. Reporter: Joining him all across the region a network of chef, residents and an army of volunteers supporting their community with fresh food and vital supplies. Y'all have a good one. Reporter: It was an immediate response to the overwhelming need. The hurricane season adding an extra strain to the already stressed food bank network. We're handing out cleaning supplies, nonperishable food items. Diapers, wet wipes, hygiene. Reporter: Nonprofit director Jody Farnum converting her food pantry and thrift store into a disaster relief site in the aftermath of hurricane Laura. It was hot. It was humid. There was no way to get water. And people just started helping and the next thing you know, you know, we were handing out thousands of pounds of food and The amount of people that called and was donating items, the trucks started rolling in. We had no clue we would become that big of a distribution center. Jody, four employees as well as 28 members of the national Guard living in cots and air mattresses at the center as she and her staff faced their own uncertainty back home. It's just hard to believe that we were facing such a disaster and all of us too were affected also. Reporter: Despite losing her own home to the powerful winds of Laura, Jody finding solace in lending a helping hand for others like Mr. James who also lost his home in the storm. We couldn't do it if it wasn't for the community. The food donations, the monetary donations, that helps us help Mr. James. That helps let him know that he's going to make it to the next time, you know, the next day, it's going to get better. It gives him hope. It just gives him hope. I just love that spirit. We are here with some of the incredible people that are doing just that. They are helping people before they help themselves. This community come together like I've never seen. So honored to meet you guys. It is an honor to meet them and Jody how met in rob's piece executive director which works with feeding America. Your house was destroyed. You and your husband got there in the pantry living in the pantry like that. How do you find that spirit when you have lost so much to still want to help others. You know, helping other people makes you forget how bad your problems are and it's what we do. It's our faith in god and we step out and we help those in need. Well, Jody, you're an inspiration as are all of you. Such an inspiration. I guess you're wondering why this truck is behind us here. Well, let's open it up and have a look. We came with a little surprise here. Boom, look at all these supplies with the help of Abbott, the health care company, this truck filled with food and supplies that goes to feeding America. All across this region and not just that, look what I found in here, how Dow like that, guys, $500,000. You know, we've been encourages all of our viewers to donate to hurricane disaster relief and for the next 24 hour, Abbott is going to match those donations dollar for dollar up to $500,000. So with the help of our viewers, we could raise $1 million. How about that? That could happen. Jody, what does that mean not just for right here in lake Charles but for this wonderful outlying region and community, what does this mean? People are going to be able to get help. People who face food insecurity will be able to get help. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's going to make a difference, isn't it? A huge difference. A huge difference. Do you mind if I hand this over to you. Absolutely. That's less than six feet. It's totally worth it. Bless y'all for the work that you're doing and continue to work and we cannot thank you enough. We know our viewers will come through as well as they always do.

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