The last two months have been KINDA nuts around these parts... and I'm breaking every beginner blog rule like EVER. Specifically, starting with SOME amount of regularity then kaboom dropping off the face of the planet. Here is the part where I attempt to explain and hop back on the blogging wagon.
Thursday night, August 11th, it started to rain... then Friday schools were closed and it kept raining... then Saturday my friend Melinda was worried about her apartment flooding so she loaded up and came over... and it KEPT raining.
Sunday morning, after a handful of extra people stayed at my house, we found out that my good friend Adam's house was under water. Reality struck. This wasn't just a rain event with closed roads and inconveniences, it was a massive un-named storm that would effect over 110,000 households in the Greater Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas. And, this storm, unlike a hurricane or tornado or other "act of God" managed to attract very little national attention; and with that, a lack of resources.
So, I went into high gear. I began a GoFundMe account to raise money and worked with close friends to organize and manage a Universal Amazon Wishlist. In the end, over $30,000 was raised and additional $30,000+ worth of goods were donated and delivered to my house for distribution. It was NUTS. I ended up working roughly half time for the first week after the flood, and my house was Baton Rouge's first un-official Amazon distribution site.
In the end, I worked with some friends to start a foundation to use the yet to be used money from GoFundMe to help support families as they move back into their homes as well as help provide meals and supplies for volunteers who have come to help! What's crazy is that isn't the only natural disaster I've weathered since we last chatted... However, that's all I've got in me tonight.
If you are interested in reading more you can check out the website and facebook page for the Foot Above Foundation. SO, that's what has kept me away from this here corner of the internet. Look forward to more regular posts on all of the OTHER happenings from the past two months... as well as how I make vacation re-entry pimento cheese!!